Disneyland's revamped Snow White ride is really being criticized because the "true love's kiss" that wakes her from the evil spell is "not consensual."

May 5th

I think we all need to keep in mind how important it is to recognize we're talking about a fairy tale here:

The problem, of course, is "the kiss."

No, not that one. We already covered that.

No, this is yet another problematic depiction of an animated sexual predator.

Before we get to the article, a reminder: Two grown professional adults wrote this, this was not a college sophomore gender studies project.

The new grand finale of Snow White's Enchanted Wish is the moment when the Prince finds Snow White asleep under the Evil Queen's spell and gives her "true love's kiss" to release her from the enchantment. A kiss he gives to her without her consent, while she's asleep, which cannot possibly be true love if only one person knows it's happening.

She was under a witch's evil spell. If she were suffering cardiac arrest, should Prince Charming have paused to seek consent before giving chest compressions and rescue breaths? Probably not. But what if an evil witch had given her cardiac arrest? Does that make it a problem again?

Sure, under normal circumstances, you should not be kissing an old flame you hardly know and haven't seen in a year just because she's asleep. Those normal circumstances would typically not involve evil witches' spells. That's just understood.

Unless you are a writer for the San Francisco Gate and assume that mothers who were not journalism majors totally forgot to point out to their sons that sexual assault is not okay, or that their sons somehow cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality.

Or that their sons would be caught dead watching Snow White in the first place and thinking that the kiss was was one of the most romantic things he had ever seen which I totally did not and you can't prove it anyway.

Wait, what was I talking about?

Oh yeah. For the record, should I ever find myself under a witch's evil spell, you can come kiss me, Prince Charming, if that's what it takes to be released from the grips of an eternal supernatural sleep-inducing curse.

Just don't expect me to buy you dinner.

Haven't we already agreed that consent in early Disney movies is a major issue? That teaching kids that kissing, when it hasn't been established if both parties are willing to engage, is not OK?

Oddly enough, I consumed quite a bit of Disney when I was a youngster (even Snow White!) and somehow did not become a sexual predator or for that matter ever contemplate for a moment that I should kiss sleeping women, never mind get to the point that I had to consider it as a moral dilemma.

In fact, Disney really didn't inform my moral compass. My parents did.

Remember those?

It's hard to understand why the Disneyland of 2021 would choose to add a scene...

They didn't add it, they just didn't censor it as you would have preferred. There's a difference.

...with such old fashioned ideas of what a man is allowed to do to a woman, especially given the company's current emphasis on removing problematic scenes from rides like Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain.

A woman who is under an evil spell.

Did you pay attention the story line at all, or were you too busy daydreaming about the Pulitzer you were all but guaranteed for breaking this blockbuster of a story?

"Disneyland doesn't change central plot point of beloved classic!!"

Why not re-imagine an ending in keeping with the spirit of the movie and Snow White's place in the Disney canon, but that avoids this problem?

How about this:

Snow White's corporation, Clean Vegan Energy, comes under a hostile takeover bid by Wicked, Inc., an evil fossil fuel conglomerate. While Ms. White could easily have taken care of it all herself not needing the help of anyone never mind a man, she does not want it to interfere with her volunteer work at the local woman's shelter she founded and so hires the legal firm, Dopey, Sneezy, Sleepy, and Charming, PLC to handle it. In the penultimate scene, Charming meets Ms. White at her office to deliver the papers putting the matter to rest and everyone shakes hands at a discreet distance. (A warning will be placed that this is just a fairy tale. In real life, they'd all be wearing masks and bumping elbows.)

Now that, ladies and gentlemen and nonbinary gender-fluid individuals, is romantic.

(Tip of the hat to @jasemanspiff for his social post on this topic.)


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