Listed under: Good News! Disney is officially welcoming Merida from Brave as the 11th princess!
Listed under: What the HELL, Mickey?
Disney has also decided that Merida needed lipo, a facelift, and a "come hither" look to look just right for her coronation!
For serious, people. Let's take a look at the Before and Afters, shall we?
I'm not ready to explain to my little girl that Disney didn't think her hero was acceptable as she is. I don't want to tell her that a defined waistline is valued more than strength of character. I won't tell her that sex sells more merchandise.
Maybe there isn't enough time. Maybe Merida gets her animated Nip/Tuck, anyway. I accept that. I also know that I'll have done the right thing by at least trying when I tell my daughter that sometimes, Other People are narrow-minded, judgmental idiots who think what we look like matters more than who we are and that Other People don't matter when she's looking at her own reflection in the mirror.
Because she is her own source of self-worth.
Your daughters...they are, too.
That's why I started a petition on Change.org. asking Disney to drop the sex-kitten and crown Merida as she appears in the movie that inspired our girls and celebrated the bond between mother and daughter.
Even if we don't change Disney's mind, at least show our daughters we accept them just the way they are.