Now that Disney has revamped Disneyland’s Snow White ride, critics are furious because it depicts the “true love’s kiss” scene. However, progressives claim that the scene undermines feminist progress because it shows the prince kissing Snow White without getting her consent. The ride, which is part of the theme park in Anaheim, California, reopened this week after being shut for more than a year due to the global pandemic.
Prior to the update, the Snow White ride focused on Snow White and the wicked Queen. It was previously called “Snow White’s Scary Journey.” The remade ride takes a lighter approach that can appeal to a wider – and younger – audience of theme park guests. The ride is equipped with all new animatronics as well as new scenes, including the one with the kiss that has sparked so much controversy.
The scene depicts the prince kissing Snow White, who he believes is dead. The kiss breaks the Queen’s curse and frees Snow White from a deep, death-like trance. However, modern progressives believe that the kiss should not have been shown during the ride because the prince imparts it while Snow White is unconscious and unaware of what is happening.
“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,” noted reviewers for SFGate. “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?”
The critics added, “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.”
Other Disney attractions have been labeled as controversial in recent years. With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement following the murder of George Floyd last May, Disney announced it would be redesigning its Splash Mountain ride to remove its connection to Disney’s racist 1946 movie The Song of the South. Jungle Cruise, a ride from 1955, is also being updated to remove “negative depictions” of native people, who are displayed as savages and subservient to whites.
Meanwhile, the Snow White kiss became an international issue in 2018 when Kazue Muta, a professor at Osaka University in Japan, likened it to date rape when an attacker abuses an unconscious person.
“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 61-year-old academic tweeted.
Do you think Disney missed the mark by celebrating the “true love’s kiss” scene in their revamped Snow White ride at Disneyland?
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