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Snow White Under Attack.

This is getting ridiculous.

The Snow White ride at Disneyland is under attack because of the iconic scene where the Prince kisses Snow White who has been poisoned by the evil Queen’s apple.

The issue seems to have started in an article reviewing the refurbished and revamped ride published on the SFGate.com site.

The review is generally positive and notes enhanced colors in different scenes and a remodeling of the scene where the queen looks into the mirror.

Then authors Katie Dowd and Julie Tremaine launched into this:

The new ride includes a more comprehensive storyline — but that’s also the problem. The new grand finale of Snow White’s Enchanted Wish is the moment when the Prince finds Snow White asleep under the Evil Queen’s spell and gives her “true love’s kiss” to release her from the enchantment. A kiss he gives to her without her consent, while she’s asleep, which cannot possibly be true love if only one person knows it’s happening.

Haven’t we already agreed that consent in early Disney movies is a major issue? That teaching kids that kissing, when it hasn’t been established if both parties are willing to engage, is not OK? It’s hard to understand why the Disneyland of 2021 would choose to add a scene with such old fashioned ideas of what a man is allowed to do to a woman, especially given the company’s current emphasis on removing problematic scenes from rides like Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain. Why not re-imagine an ending in keeping with the spirit of the movie and Snow White’s place in the Disney canon, but that avoids this problem?

God forbid that a husband or wife kisses their spouse on the way out the door in the morning when the other is sleeping. Certainly a parent who kisses a sleeping child is doing evil as well according to the thought process of these authors.

The logic is further assailed by simply stating that under the idea that “a kiss he gives to her without her consent, while she’s asleep, which cannot possibly be true love if only one person knows it’s happening,” a person who kisses a loved one goodbye after they have passed and during a viewing at a funeral home cannot possibly love that person. After all, the dead person has not given their consent and doesn’t know the kiss is happening.

Therefore the person kissing the deceased must not be exhibiting a sign of love and devotion but rather some sort of mental defect such as necrophilia or something like that.

The Sun cites Japanese professor Kazue Muta of Osaka University backing this ridiculousness:

But Snow White (1937) has come under fire in the past by Japanese professor Kazue Muta of Osaka University, who likened the Prince’s kiss to sexual assault.

Muta tweeted: “When you think rationally about ‘Snow White’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ that tell of a ‘princess being woken up by the kiss of a prince,’ they are describing sexual assault on an unconscious person.”

The academic went on to say that “such a fairy tale allows sexual violence.”

Fox News and other sites have been driving this story which has resulted in some authors attacking saying things such as:

Fox News found its latest thing to be outraged about on Monday, devoting multiple segments to complaining that Disneyland’s Snow White ride is the latest victim of liberal “cancel culture” and the “woke” mob because a single newspaper article offered mild criticism about the inclusion of a new kissing scene.

In other words, “how dare people that are not liberal be offended.”

Maybe this is much ado about nothing, but it is hard for us to see a gentle kiss that awakens Snow White as being anything other than a sign of love and devotion.

And perhaps that is the problem. People are so offended at everything that they refuse to see the goodness in actions that are meant to be good, and accepted as good in the long run.

No matter what, the writers and others who are offended at people pushing back against their lunacy over a kiss in a fairy tale tuned cartoon movie turned ride in Disneyland cannot complain about that push-back without being hypocrites.

Which they are.

They probably don’t even like apples.

(h/t The Pirates Cove and The Daily Gator.)



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