Snow White Is Under the Gun

by Bob Branco

This is not meant to disillusion anyone who loves Walt Disney movies, but once again, the politically correct police are at it. I’m sure that most of you know the story of Snow White and the seven dwarfs. You likely saw the movie as a child. Perhaps you participated in a school play by the same name. The handsome prince was the hero, saving Snow White’s life.

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Despite all the joy that we felt as children while watching Snow White, Kristen Bell, an actress affiliated with Disney Productions, has a problem with it. She wants to take the movie away from us because the prince kissed Snow White without her permission. If Kristen Bell would just stop and think, she would remember that Snow White was put into a deep sleep by a poison apple which was meant to kill her. Through the prince’s magic, his kiss woke her up. For God’s sake, this is an act of heroism. The prince saved Snow White from danger. How can that be questioned by anyone? Oh, wait. We can’t forget the politically correct police who want everyone to be offended by things that never occurred to us. If we are supposed to be offended by fairy tales, that is the ultimate disillusionment of our youth.

If you appreciate the story of Snow White, were you ever bothered by the prince saving her life without her permission? Should she have said, “You have my permission to save my life?” How ironic is it that the woman who initiated this protest against Snow White is also affiliated with Disney. Did she forget what a fairy tale is? Next thing you know, people might be charged with sexual harassment for performing CPR because protesters would say that certain body parts were touched inappropriately, unknowingly, and without permission from the seriously injured party.

Must we continue to over-analyze things to the point where children’s fairy tales need examining? This is madness. I hope that Kristen Bell comes to her senses and understands something we’ve always understood throughout our lives.

About the Author

Robert T. Branco resides in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and is the author of five self-published books. He is a community organizer, tutors persons with visual impairments, has written columns for local and international organizations, and publishes a monthly online newsletter, The Consumer Vision. Bob’s website, with full information about his books, is http://www.dldbooks.com/robertbranco/.

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4 comments for “Snow White Is Under the Gun

  1. April 13, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I agree with you. Fairy stories are just that, fairy stories and should not be over analysed. One also needs to take into account that Snow White and other such tales where written at a time when different standards prevailed. Likewise, with Kipling’s poetry, one can not condemn Rudyard for holding views on race which most people (including me) would wholeheartedly disagree with. He was (and remains) a great teller of tales and a poet of some distinction. On a different not, I am visually impaired and use JAWS software, so I was interested to read that you tutor people who are visually impaired. Kind regards – Kevin

    • April 13, 2019 at 1:17 pm

      Sorry, I did, of course mean “note” rather than “not”.

  2. April 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    What an outstanding post! That actress would be truly incensed if she were familiar with the original Grimms Brothers tale. In it, the prince doesn’t kiss Snow White but persuades the dwarves to let him take the glass cofin with her body inside it back to his palace. It never mentions him even trying to awaken her. That occurs when the servants carrying the coffin stumble and the piece of poisoned apple is dislodged from Snow White’s throat. So, if you allow yourself to think too deeply, the original tale is much more darker than Disney, so that actress should do her homework.

    While other Disney movies are better, I prefer the ending they chose to use for Snow White. At least the prince acts in a heroic manner.

    And, more to the point, if we start attacking fairy tales, where do the attacks end? I loved your point about CPR!

    I have written a retelling of Snow White called Hart Spring, which is available in my anthology entitled Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption. The story is set during the time of slavery in the 1850’s in a world reminiscent of the American South but with a slight touch of fantasy.

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