Fans are fuming over a Pixar princess‚Äô sexier, skinner look.
Merida 2.0 has a whittled waist, frizz-free hair and bright, almond-shaped eyes. The ‚ÄúBrave‚ÄĚ character got the modern makeover just in time for her crowning as an official Disney Princess.
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs atrocious what they‚Äôve done to Merida,‚ÄĚ Brenda Chapman, the Disney film‚Äôs original director, told her local newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal. ‚ÄúWhen little girls say they like it because it‚Äôs more sparkly, that‚Äôs all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‚Äėcome hither‚Äô look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It‚Äôs horrible!‚ÄĚ
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 Merida‚Äôs earlier imperfections are what helped viewers relate.
‚ÄúMerida was the princess that countless girls and their parents were waiting for ‚ÄĒ a strong, confident, self-rescuing princess ready to set off on her next adventure with her bow at the ready,‚ÄĚ the letter reads.
Responding to the backlash, Disney insisted Merida didn‚Äôt lose anything in the makeover.
‚ÄúMerida 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,‚ÄĚ Disney said in a statement to Yahoo! Shine.
While Chapman was replaced as director in the midst of producing ‚ÄúBrave,‚ÄĚ she went on to accept an Oscar for her part in the film.
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