Actress Kristen Bell is fearful that Disney princesses are simply sending the wrong messages to children.
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In a wide-ranging interview with Parents Magazine, the "Frozen" actress tackled the subject of Disney princesses and their relevance to children — specifically female children: her two daughters.
Bell is the mother of Lincoln, who is 5 years old, and Delta, who is 3. She also voiced the character of Princess Anna on "Frozen."
Specifically targeting the classic Disney animated film "Snow White," Bell pointed to what she believed were outdated notions.
"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?'" Bell explained. "I say, 'I would never take food from a stranger, would you?' And my kids are like 'No!' And I'm like, 'OK, I'm doing something right.'"
It isn't just food that's the problem — it's the way the prince kisses Snow White to revive her, and the consent she wasn't able to provide.
"'Don't you think it's weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?'" Bell said she asks her daughters. "'Because you cannot kiss someone if they're sleeping!'"
During the interview, Bell also lauded the notion of reading to her children.
"I look at my child's brain like a hungry stomach. I have to feed it every day," she explained. "Even if I'm rushed, I have to feed their brain just like I feed their belly."
She also noted that the books her own mother read her when Bell was a child in the '80s were questionable at best.
"There's a fear-based toddler-teaching book with Mr. Fox getting hit by a car, his head bleeding, and Xs on his eyes," Bell recalled. "I'm like, 'Mom, you read this to me?' God bless the '80s, I don't know how we got through."