Kristen Bell raised her concerns over the messages “Snow White” might be introducing to young girls, making her the second Disney actress this week to take issue with some of the media company’s older movies.
The “Frozen” actress says she’s made it a point to discuss topics such as consent and not accepting things from strangers with her young daughters — 3-year-old Delta and 5-year-old Lincoln — after watching some of the eyebrow-raising scenes in “Snow White.”
She told Parents.com that she’s asked her daughters after viewing the animated 1938 film, “Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?”
“Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!”
She also asks her kids if they find it strange that Snow White took an apple from the evil Queen without asking any questions.
‘I say, ‘I would never take food from a stranger, would you?’ And my kids are like, ‘No!’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m doing something right,'” Bell told the outlet.
Bell voices another Disney princess, Anna, in the “Frozen” franchise.
Her comments come days after Keira Knightley — who stars as Elizabeth Swann in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies — explained why she doesn’t let her 3-year-old daughter watch flicks such as “The Little Mermaid” or “Cinderella.”
“I mean, the songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man,” Knightley said of “The Little Mermaid” during an appearance Tuesday on “Ellen.”
Knightley also banned “Cinderella” because it centers on a character who waits for a man to rescue her.
“Don’t! Rescue yourself,” Knightley told host Ellen DeGeneres. “Obviously.”
Bell and Knightley aren’t the first people to have concerns over the messages these types of movies spread.
A 2016 study by the Child Development organization, for example, determined that girls were more likely to exhibit certain behavioral stereotypes if they got invested in the princess culture, and that girls with lower self-esteems about their bodies were more likely to embrace the princess culture over time.
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