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Disney Frozen Featured

Disney is brave, but frozen

Date: December 19, 2013 | Posted By: Anika
I was convinced Brave was Disney’s reinvention. Merida was spunky, independent, and *gasp* looked like a normal girl. Yes, many of those qualities carry over to Princess Anna in Frozen, but Princess Elsa, her sister, is unfortunately a nod back to the quintessential dainty blondes such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Her hair is too perfectly Continue reading


Merida Featured

Braving the princess cliché: Disney misses the mark with Merida’s makeover

Date: May 23, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah
Disney/Pixar’s 2012 animated film Brave was groundbreaking, not only for its exceptional graphics, but for its portrayal of an unconventional princess, the independent sharpshooter, Merida. Children and adults of all ages were delighted by Merida and the film has been a huge success—which is why many parents are outraged at Disney’s “makeover” of Merida for Continue reading


Habit Heroes Featured

Disney makes amends for fat-shaming exhibit, promotes healthy living

Date: February 4, 2013 | Posted By: Hailey
Well, here’s some good news we like to report! Last March, About-Face covered a horrific story about a fat-shaming exhibit Disney opened in Epcot, “Habit Heroes.” The exhibit was an interactive game in which children used virtual candy, cakes, and ice cream to combat overweight “villains,” spurred on by the physically superior “heroes,” Will Power Continue reading


Minnie Mouse, is that you?

Barney’s + Disney = Scary-skinny makeovers

Date: September 11, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
High-end retail department behemoth Barney’s New York announced its holiday collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, wherein our beloved characters get the “runway treatment” (Read: slimmed to scary proportions). The front runners? A truly Skinny Minnie, a drastically dieted-down Daisy Duck, hipster Goofy, and more irritatingly altered versions of the iconic clan. In the short Continue reading


Does Snacker look like Ursula to anyone else? Am I sensing a theme, Disney?

Removing Disney fat-shaming exhibit doesn’t change the message

Date: March 6, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Recently, Disney jumped on the latest trend, fat shaming, and opened an exhibit at Epcot called Habit Heroes. The interactive game featured two “heroes,” the buff Will Power and Callie Stenics. Cute names, huh? Unfortunately, the cuteness stops there. Will and Callie’s virtue and worth are based entirely on their able-bodied physicality, and the villains Continue reading


Miley Cyrus in ELLE: Can She Really Have the Best of Both Worlds?

Date: July 29, 2009 | Posted By:
The youngsters love Disney’s Hannah Montana, but what kind of message is Miley Cyrus sending them about how to act in real life? Whether she is wearing thigh-high boots or clutching a sheet to her naked torso (as she was in last year’s Vanity Fair), 16-year-old Miley has been shown in very adult poses. These Continue reading