Disney’s character from the movie, Brave, is slated to become Disney’s 11th Princess.
Not so fast because in order for bow and arrow wielding Merida of the long, naturally curly hair and average figure to become a Disney Princess she must undergo a complete makeover. Disney geniuses are changing her beautiful, untamed, long red curls into a salon perfect wavy do of the auburn sort. They are stripping her of her signature badass archery set and replacing it with…nothing. Instead, they are thinning out her face, redoing her eyes, and giving her a smaller waist and overall curvier appearance. Gone is the image of the delightful, tomboyish, spitfire originally introduced to little girls everywhere.
Just what the world needs, another helpless Barbie/wannabe Paris Hilton with no purpose in life.
To each little Merida in the world, I look you straight in the eye and urge you to listen closely. BE BRAVE!
- When someone tries to convince you it is better to look like everyone else, rather than have your own style…BE BRAVE!
- When a salon you frequent tries to straighten your beautiful curls or change your hair color “because it’s what everyone in Hollywood is doing”…BE BRAVE!
- When those around you tell you that your body isn’t perfect and you should starve yourself or take diet pills or turn to cosmetic surgery…BE BRAVE!
- When someone tries to convince you that standing up for what you believe in is a waste of time…BE BRAVE!
- When the media suggests the only way to become someone noteworthy is to conform to moral and ethical standards that aren’t your own…BE BRAVE!
- When Disney introduces you to a strong female character who stands up for herself at any cost, is comfortable in her own skin, and won’t be silenced by anyone…BE BRAVE and applaud her.
- When Disney then takes that same brave character and strips her of the very characteristics that make her beautiful inside and out, unique, and a good role model for young girls…BE BRAVE and understand they are making a huge mistake with no consideration for their target audience – young impressionable girls like you.
To each woman who is mom to a little Merida, I look you straight in the eye and urge you to listen closely. BE BRAVE!
- Don’t teach your little Merida to dress a certain way in order to fit in with the cool kids. You are paying for her clothes…BE BRAVE!
- Don’t teach your little Merida to obsess about her image because you do. It may be too late for you, but it’s not for her…BE BRAVE!
- Don’t allow her to rush past key developmental stages in her life because other moms are letting their girls do it…BE BRAVE!
- Don’t teach her to blend in because it takes too much effort to stand out…BE BRAVE!
- Don’t let the parents she has become so familiar with on the screen do the parenting. You are her parent…BE BRAVE!
- When Disney introduces a strong female character to your little girl, a character that exemplifies strength, natural beauty, determination, and intelligence make sure you point it out to your little girl and explain why those are things to strive for in life. Discuss it at length…BE BRAVE!
- When Disney then takes that same brave character and strips her of all the things you know you want your little girl to embrace in the future, tell her it’s wrong. Tell her they are making a huge mistake, and not just with their target audience. Make sure you tell her they’re also making a huge mistake with those who make the time to take those young girls to the theatre, those who buy the movie ticket, the popcorn, the dress up clothes, and all the promotional merchandise that goes along with a Disney movie…their moms! BE BRAVE!
What’s your take? Mom or not, are you as outraged as I am?
If so visit Change.org and sign the petition below.