Disneyland’s revamped Snow White ride is facing backlash over Snow White and Prince Charming’s kiss while she’s asleep.
The classic Disney story goes like this: Snow White is poisoned by an evil queen and falls into a comatose state. That is, until Prince Charming’s “true love’s kiss” breaks the spell, and they live happily ever after.
SFGATE’s managing editor, Katie Dowd, and reporter, Julie Tremaine wrote an article explaining while the ride itself is “really good,” the famous kiss is problematic.
Dowd and Tremaine argue Prince Charming is shown kissing Snow White without her consent and it “cannot possibly” be true love.
“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,” Dowd and Tremaine wrote in the article.
The criticism follows changes to other Disney Park rides deemed offensive and racist. Splash Mountain will be replaced with a ride featuring “The Princess and the Frog,” a 2009 animated film featuring Tiana, the studio’s first Black princess. Last June, Splash Mountain’s storyline was adapted from the 1946 movie, “Song of the South,” which was found to have racist undertones.
Another popular ride, The Jungle Cruise at Disneyland and Disney World was critiqued for its depictions of Indigenous people, and Disney announced early this year the attraction would be updated.