Fans are fuming over a Pixar princessâ sexier, skinner look.
Merida 2.0 has a whittled waist, frizz-free hair and bright, almond-shaped eyes. The âBraveâ character got the modern makeover just in time for her crowning as an official Disney Princess.
âI think itâs atrocious what theyâve done to Merida,â Brenda Chapman, the Disney filmâs original director, told her local newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal. âWhen little girls say they like it because itâs more sparkly, thatâs all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy âcome hitherâ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. Itâs horrible!â
Angry fans launched a Change.org petition demanding Disney-owned Pixar bring back the original Merida.
More than 115,000 people have signed the petition.
In her transformation, Merida lost her bow and arrow but gained a sparkly, turquoise dress and a gold-plated sash.
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A letter to Disney executives, posted on Change.org, claims Meridaâs earlier imperfections are what helped viewers relate.
âMerida was the princess that countless girls and their parents were waiting for â a strong, confident, self-rescuing princess ready to set off on her next adventure with her bow at the ready,â the letter reads.
Responding to the backlash, Disney insisted Merida didnât lose anything in the makeover.
âMerida exemplifies what it means to be a Disney Princess through being brave, passionate and confident and she remains the same strong and determined Merida from the movie whose inner qualities have inspired moms and daughters around the world,â Disney said in a statement to Yahoo! Shine.
While Chapman was replaced as director in the midst of producing âBrave,â she went on to accept an Oscar for her part in the film.
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