Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 25th anniversary next month. It’s the most visited destination in Europe, attracting 14.8 million tourists in 2015.
That popularity is in spite of the fact that Disney movies can be very politically incorrect and spread messages clashing with the 21st century’s cultural vision of the world. Women nowadays pursue a real independence whereas Disney movies definitely don’t convey this idea.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), for instance, implies that beauty is everything, and that as long as you are beautiful you are also in the right. Snow White was poisoned, but her physical appearance leads the Prince to breathe life back with a magical, but necrophiliac, kiss.
The Little Mermaid’s motto could be ‘change for your man’. Ariel sold her soul and her voice in exchange for legs, her only motivation being to win the heart of a Prince she didn’t even know. The movie’s message is to change if you want to catch a man, rather than make him work for it.
Yet Disney is internationally adored by millions of children, and little girls still wish to be Disney princesses today. Perhaps housewifery and necrophilia will be trendy one day.