A revamped version of Disneyland’s famous Snow White ride draws back for portraying the ‘true love’s kiss’ scene, which critics say undermines lessons about consent by showing the prince kissing Snow White while she sleeps.
The theme park in Anaheim, California, reopened Friday after being shut down during the pandemic for more than a year, and featured a major overhaul of the classic Snow White ride.
Previously focused on the Evil Queen and known as ‘Snow White’s Scary Journey’, the updated ride takes a more light-hearted approach to the story and features new animatronics and all-new scenes.
The ride now culminates in the scene ‘the kiss of true love’, in which the prince, who thinks Snow White is dead, kisses her and breaks the queen’s curse that had sent her into a deep trance.
The revamped Snow White ride at Disneyland (above) now concludes with the ‘true love’s kiss’ scene, leaving critics concerned it undermines lessons about consent
In the 1937 film (above), the prince, who believes Snow White is dead, kisses and breaks the queen’s curse that had put her in a deep trance
“ A kiss he gives her without her consent while she’s asleep, which couldn’t possibly be true love if only one person knows it’s happening, ” reviewers noted. SFGate.
Don’t we agree that consent is a big deal in early Disney movies? For children to learn that if it has not been established whether both parties are willing to participate, kissing is not okay? the critics wrote.
It’s hard to see why Disneyland by 2021 would choose to include a scene with such old-fashioned ideas of what a man should do to a woman, especially given the company’s current emphasis on removing problematic scenes from attractions. like Jungle Cruise and Splash. Mountain, ”the review continued.
“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?”
Launched in 1955 and still closed for updates, Jungle Cruise is being revamped to remove “ negative images ” of indigenous peoples portraying them as savage or subservient, Disney confirmed earlier this year.
Disney said last June that its Splash Mountain ride was also being revised to dispel the associations with black stereotypes in the 1946 film “ Song of the South, ” on which it was based.
Guests walk along Main Street USA at Disneyland on Friday, when the park reopened after a record 13-month closure under pandemic restrictions
Guests ride the Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland on Fridays. That ride was revised to dispel the associations with black stereotypes in the 1946 film “ Song of the South. ”
It’s not the first time that Snow White’s kiss scene from the 1937 film has raised concerns about the message it sends to young people.
In 2018, Kazue Muta, a professor at Osaka University in Japan, argued that kissing a sleeping woman could be compared to assaulting an unconscious person.
The feminist academic, 61, went so far as to say that Snow White and Sleeping Beauty’s stories “ promote sexual violence. ”
‘If you think rationally about’ Snow White ‘and’ Sleeping Beauty ‘, which tell of a’ princess awakened by a prince’s kiss, ‘they describe sexual assaults against an unconscious person,’ she says. tweeted.
Snow White was Disney’s first full-length animated movie and remains one of the 10 highest-grossing American movies of all time, adjusted for inflation.
The Snow White character from Snow White’s Enchanted Wish is seen in Disneyland after Disney significantly overhauled the dark ride
The new ride features new scenes and effects, including the Dwarves Mine seen above
In the film, the evil queen, jealous of Snow White’s beauty, creates a poisoned apple that will put anyone who eats it into the ‘Sleeping Death’.
The spell can be broken by “the first kiss of love,” but the queen assumes that Snow White will be pronounced dead and buried before such a kiss can be administered.
But the distraught Seven Dwarfs are so upset when they find Snow White in a trance that they can’t bring herself to bury her and instead put her in a glass box in a clearing in the woods.
A year later, the prince learns about Snow White’s fate and visits what he believes is her intact body. He kisses her, awakens her from her trance, and they leave to live happily ever after in his castle.