Kristen Bell is worried that the classic story Snow White sends the wrong message to children regarding consent since the prince didn’t get permission from the title character before kissing her. And, after discussing her perspective in an interview published in Parenting Magazine, not everyone on social media responded kindly.
The Frozen star, according to a report by the Daily Mail, noted that she has reservations about reading her daughters – 5-year-old Lincoln and three-year-old Delta – the tale of Snow White.
“Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?” Bell says she asks her children. “Because you cannot kiss someone if they’re sleeping!”
Including concerns about the scene where the prince kisses Snow White, Bell also questions the moment where Snow White takes an apple from the witch.
“Every time we close Snow White, I look at my girls and ask, ‘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 actress said.
“I say, ‘I would never take food from a stranger, would you?’ And my kids are like, ‘No!’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m doing something right.'” Bell added.
Many on social media were none too kind to the actress, and some chose to mock her for politicizing a classic tale.
Actor James Woods posted a tweet, saying, “The Snow White in a coma, who can only be awakened by the kiss of her one true love? That Snow White? Or the looney feminist Snow White Privilege confused about her gender, who majored in Lesbian Interpretive Dance? Which Snow White though?”
Bell is currently working on a children’s book, inspired by Grumpy Monkey, that is designed to be more politically correct.
Additionally, the actress voices a character in the upcoming film, Ralph Breaks the Internet, which releases on November 21 this year, as well as the sequel to Frozen, which is scheduled to release in November 2019.