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False Alarm: Disney Still Keeping Sexualized Version Of “Brave”‘s Princess Merida

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Last week, I wrote about how bummed I was that the heroine of Disney’s “Brave” is undergoing a makeover before she becomes an official Disney Princess. Her unruly hair is tamed, her figure is slimmed and the Scottish Princess is a much sexier version of the character millions grew to love.

I was only one voice in the outrage over this sex-ing up.  Writer and co-director of “Brave,” Brenda Chapman, who was the first woman to win an Academy Award for this animated feature film, wrote the Marin Independent Journal in an email:

“Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance … They have been handed an opportunity on a silver platter to give their consumers something of more substance and quality — THAT WILL STILL SELL — and they have a total disregard for it in the name of their narrow minded view of what will make money.”

Change.org brought the issue to my attention and garnered the signatures of at least 200,000 people.  When looking at Merida’s swank new Disney Princess page, which uses the original Disney-Pixar animated character, it looked as if the outraged public had won.

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Disney Isn’t “Brave” Enough To Leave Princess Merida As Is

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When Disney’s “Brave” came out last year, I was thrilled. So excited, in fact, that I went to see the movie at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, complete with a pre-movie live show!

I am a not-so-closeted Disney fan. Though I’d never take my love this far, I did grow up a mere 25 minutes from Disneyland, had an annual pass all through college, and, at 25, toted around a (somewhat embarrassing) Disneyland laptop sleeve given to me by my best friend.

So how could this ginger of Scotch-Irish descent not be stoked to watch the animated story of a stubborn, Scottish, redheaded princess? I couldn’t resist! I hadn’t lacked for a ginger Disney Princess to pretend to be while growing up, but Merida felt so much more authentic than Ariel. She had wild frizzy hair (no dinglehopper could comb that mass), and fierce independence — she’ll fight for her own destiny, thank you very much.
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“Brave” Is Going To Be Our Kind Of Disney Movie

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We may be a little old to go see Disney movies by ourselves (although not too old to belt out “Part Of Your World” the shower). But we’ll be dragging the nearest seven-year-old to drag to a theater and to see “Brave,” Pixar’s newest computer-animated film with a female protagonist. Lots of Disney flicks star princesses who are sweet, passive, and looking for love; “Brave” stars a spunky gal who is a skilled archer and not content with the life her parents want for her. Princess Merida lives in the Scottish highlands and defies her parents wishes and insists on following her own path in life. Pixar has released a three-minute clip from “Brave” (longer than the teaser trailer they released before) and we have to say we’re digging it! Anyone down for a mass-Frisky reader movie-going trip? [YouTube]

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  • How excited am I for “Brave,” Pixar’s first-ever movie to give a female character the lead??!! [Think Progress]
  • An Indiana judge has stayed a new law which forbids Medicaid patients from using Planned Parenthood. The judge ruled the law violates federal Medicaid rules and “will exact a devastating financial toll on [Planned Parenthood Indiana] and hinder its ability to continue serving patients’ general health needs.” Damn straight. [Indianapolis Star]
  • But don’t rest on your laurels just yet: Texas may soon become the largest state to defund Planned Parenthood and yesterday Wisconsin’s governor signed a budget that cuts funding to its Planned Parenthood. [Think Progress, Think Progress]
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota officially announced this morning she intends to run for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. [NY Times]

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