Kristen Bell: Snow White Sends A Wrong Message Of Consent
Kristen Bell feels that Snow White’s story sends a wrong message about consent to children. Bell says it bothers her since she has daughters too. Disney’s Frozen star, in an interview to Parents, spoke about parenting and her concerns related to the content that’s shown through fairy tales, especially Snow White.
When we closed Snow White, I looked at my girls and asked, “Don’t you think it’s weird that Snow White didn’t ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?”
The 38-year-old actor said it’s imperative that everyone teaches their children not to take food from strangers. She went on to say how a lot of children may get influenced by the classic stories that they read so religiously.
”Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?”
Bells says that children must understand that kissing someone without permission is an offence. This popular story, she believes, sends a wrong notion about consent no one can kiss someone while they’re unaware and sleeping.
Bell, who is the voice of Anna in Frozen, a Disney princess herself, voiced her concern over books that children must be given to read.
She is now working on her own children’s book and is taking inspiration from a favourite called Grumpy Monkey. “There’s a book called Grumpy Monkey that we love that allows the monkey to be grumpy, even at the end. Other characters give him solutions but he decides he’s still grumpy,” she explains. “I’ve had that feeling, and I want my girls to know that you’re allowed to feel it. Figure out ways to pick yourself up when you are ready. I really like that message.”
The actor last year, at the #womensmarch, reminded fellow women that they have rights and agency over their bodies. She also reminded young girls about equal pay that they deserve and their right to voice their options.