Disney has produced several iconic films throughout the ages and that includes Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, which was released back in 1937 and is still regarded as a classic. However, with the changing of the times, it seems some content in the film might be seen as questionable by the new generation.
Disneyland recently revamped one of its original rides, ‘Snow White’s Scary Adventure’ as part of its grand reopening last week. Now going by the name ‘Snow White’s Enchanted Wish,’ the ride has received a lot of praise for its new audio, new animation, new music and remarkably improved visual technology.
However, it seems one aspect seems to have offended quite a lot of people. The finale of the film saw Prince Charming kissing a sleeping Snow White to wake her up with “true love’s kiss.’ The inclusion of the ending is a new addition to the ride and this has sparked outrage among many.
Many find issue with the fact that the kiss was not given with Snow White’s consent. Theme park reviewers Katie Dowd and Julie Tremaine addressed the issue in an article on SFGate, where the kiss was criticized.
“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 okay?”
New York Rangers player Matt Traynor took to Twitter and addressed the controversy, where he couldn’t understand why people made an issue out of the kiss.
“I’m sorry, this is what’s wrong with the world. Snow White, a fictional character getting brought back to life by a kiss by her future husband. Y’all taking things too far and ruining the gullible by making them believe this is what to flip out about instead of REAL issues…”
It is certainly a debate that has been going on for a very long time now and there is no doubt other Disney films will be criticized for having content that is problematic for many.