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A debate over Disney Princesses has emerged following comments resurfaced by the Snow White star Rachel Zeglerwith some fans upset at his perceived rejection of the original characters.
The 22-year-old American actor will play Snow White in the upcoming live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
In interviews last year, Zegler repeatedly expressed distaste for the original script.
“The original cartoon came out in 1937, and it’s very obvious. The focus is on her romance with a guy who’s literally stalking her. Weird! Weird! So we didn’t do that this time -ci,” Zegler told ExtraTV in October 2022.
“We have a different take on what I’m sure a lot of people will assume is a love story just because we cast a guy in the movie. All of Andrew’s scenes could be cut, who knows? This is Hollywood, baby,” she added of her Prince Charming co-star Andrew Burnap.
In another interview, she said, “We absolutely wrote a Snow White who…she won’t be saved by the prince, and she won’t dream of true love; she will dream of becoming the leader she knows she is and that her late father told her she could be if she was fearless, righteous, brave and true.
Her comments recently resurfaced on social media as some commentators accused her of “pseudo feminism”.
In a TikTok video with over 10 million views, a user who goes by the handle @CosyWithAngie said, “It’s not anti-feminist to want to fall in love, to want to get married, to want to stay home, from being sweet, wanting to be a housewife. None of these things make you less valuable as a person or a woman.
“Criticizing Disney Princesses is not feminist. Not all women are leaders. Not all women want to be a leader. Not all women want or crave power and that’s okay “, she continued.
“To think that a woman is worth less because she falls in love or because she accepts someone’s help instead of directing girls to solve her problems is not feminist.”
Representatives for Zegler did not immediately respond to The Independentrequest for comment.
Another video with nearly 600,000 likes, posted by user @nuttybutter96 asked, “If you hate the original so much, why would you want to do the remake? Please make this make sense.
Zegler did not directly respond to the debate; however, posting to X (formerly Twitter) on August 11, she wrote, “Hope the world gets kinder.
In a separate tweet, she added, “I love you so much. forever and ever. remember to be kind. treat each other with patience and empathy. remember you are loved unconditionally, no matter your mistakes, no matter your misunderstandings. you deserve it. you deserve love. you deserve to live without fear. X”