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Keira Knightley bans daughter from Disney movies

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Keira Knightley says she has banned her three-year-old daughter from watching Disney films whose portrayal of women she disagrees with.

Edie Knightley Righton is not allowed to watch Cinderella or Little Mermaid.

Knightley told Ellen DeGeneres that 1950's Cinderella"waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don't! Rescue yourself. Obviously!"

She said of Little Mermaid:"I mean, the songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello!"

The actress added:"And this is the one that I'm quite annoyed about because I really like the film. I love The Little Mermaid! That one's a little tricky - but I'm keeping to it."

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What is your opinion on this? Do you agree?
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Read Grimm's fairy tales. Guys go through crap and bloody murder to win the girl as well. Original Little Mermaid is much, much sadder, and shows you how strong love can be and how every wish comes with a price. If anything, it shows the little ones that sometimes, it is better to suck it up and move on to find someone who is willing to know the real you despite your legs, your voice, and your kin.
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I think it is how you frame the fairy-tale.

Cinderella has the courage to put on a gown, glass slippers and ride in a coach conjured by magic to attend a ball she would have never been able to dream of. She STEPPED out of her comfort zone and tried something new.

The Little Mermaid did the same. She DARED to be different and want legs and see what was outside of her world.

I think it is all how one frames the story.
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I think it is how you frame the fairy-tale.

Cinderella has the courage to put on a gown, glass slippers and ride in a coach conjured by magic to attend a ball she would have never been able to dream of. She STEPPED out of her comfort zone and tried something new.

The Little Mermaid did the same. She DARED to be different and want legs and see what was outside of her world.

I think it is all how one frames the story.
I love this perspective!
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Why can’t the kids just watch the film & enjoy it. Do you really think they give a crap about perspective and comfort zones??
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People completely miss the point of these stories. The princes themselves are pretty vacuous characters and don’t count for much. What is important is what the female characters do, how they break the boundaries and define their lives for themselves. The fact that they end up falling in love is a healthy expression of female heterosexuality. I don’t see why any of this should be hushed away?!
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I agree it is how you look at the stories, but I find it really hard to see in Cinderella an empowering role model for girls: escaping from her horrible step-mother and sisters that force her to clean all day just to go to a ball all dolled-up to dance with the price ( which, btw, is her only life-long dream) is hardly a bold move on her part.
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Why do people have to find a deeper meaning for everything. I watched Cinderella all the time as a kid but I never grew up waiting for a man to rescue me, or watching Snow White never made me think it was ok for a man to kiss me without consent! Just enjoy the films for what they are, fun kids films!
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