Disneyland’s Snow White ride has been slammed for including Prince Charming’s ‘non-consensual’ kiss.
The ride, which is one of the few remaining attractions that was operational on Disneyland’s opening day in 1955, was given a ‘major upgrade’ this year due to the pandemic.
However, Disney fans are angry that instead of focusing on the Princeses’ ‘scary journey’ with the Evil Queen, it now follows her love story with the Prince.
Theme park reviewers Katie Dowd and Julie Tremaine have been venting about their frustrations over on SFGATE.
They say that although the ride is ‘really good’ and ‘preserves much of the charm of what originally opened in 1955’ it also ‘adds to the movie’s biggest problem’.
Their post reads: “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?
“It’s hard to understand why the Disneyland of 2021 would choose to add a scene with such old fashioned ideas of what a man is allowed to do to a woman.”
They also pointed out how Disney has removed ‘problematic scenes’ from other rides over the years.
They added: “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?’”
However, not everybody agrees with their views on Twitter.
One person wrote: “The criticism of this scene in the ride is absurd. Also shows complete ignorance of the story of Snow White and fairytales in general. Snow White already knew he was her true love, otherwise she wouldn’t have woken up.”
Another added: “Give me a break! Stop taking the classics that made us all wish for the happy ending, dreams, and possibilities of better! Who raised these whiney asses?”