Actresses Slam Disney Films, Knightley Says Some Banned From Her House

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
October 18, 2018Entertainment
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Two prominent actresses spoke out this week against Disney storylines, with one even saying she’s banned some of the older Disney films from her house.

Keira Knightley, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, said in an interview on Oct. 16 that she’s banned “The Little Mermaid” and “Cinderella” from her house.

Knightly told Ellen DeGeneres that she loved to watch “The Little Mermaid” growing up but claimed that Ariel’s decision to give her voice to the villain, Ursula, as she pursued Prince Eric was a terrible example to children.

“This is the one that I’m quite annoyed about because I really like the film,” she said. “I mean, the songs are great but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello?!”

“I love ‘The Little Mermaid,’ so that one’s a little bit tricky, but I’m keeping to it,” she added.

She then explained her reasoning for not letting her daughter Edie, who was born in 2015, watch “Cinderella.”

“Because, you know, she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t! Rescue yourself, obviously,” Knightley said.

The audience clapped after she announced the bans.

Bell Speaks Out

Kristen Bell, who voiced the character Anna in “Frozen,” also took issue with some storylines.

In an interview with Parents magazine published this week, she said she reads “Snow White” a lot from her daughters, 5-year-old Lincoln and 3-year-old Delta.

“Every time we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask, ‘Don’t you think it’s weird that Snow White didn’t ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?’ 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,'” she said.

Bell said what she found most offensive about “Snow White” is the kiss the princess received from Prince Charming to wake her up.

“Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?” Bell said she has told her daughters. “Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!”

Bell slams Snow White
Actress Kristen Bell attends the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Animations’ ‘Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’ at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, Calif., on July 22, 2018. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Reactions

While a few people have spoken out in support of the criticism of the movies, others have criticized the positions taken by Knightley and Bell.

“Cinderella is not a bad or weak character. She is hardworking, brave, and kind, despite being abused and going through loss. She goes after her dreams. She is a beacon of compassion. Ariel is adventurous, daring, and a fighter. She brought two worlds at odds with each other together. These are great films for kids.,” said one YouTube user commenting on the Knightley interview video.

“Instead of banning movies, couldn’t they watch them together and use the opportunity to discuss the decisions the characters made?” added another.

“She doesn’t know what she is talking about in regards to Disney Princesses,” added another.

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