Get A Life…

…or at least some perspective.

I just read a follow-up article that stated that Disney has buckled under the pressure from upset parents regarding changes to the princess, Merida, from the movie Brave.  You can read the article here, and it has a picture of the original version and the revamped version, too.

Personally, I don’t see what all the fuss was about in the first place.  So Disney made some cosmetic changes to the appearance of one of their characters.  What is the big deal?  I am the proud dad of a soon to be seven year-old daughter, and she loves the Disney princesses, and all things Disney.  I highly doubt she was going to be too upset about the changes that Disney was making.

The same parents who created all the fuss are probably a lot of the same parents who think nothing of watching programs on TV with their kids in the room that are way more controversial than a change to Merida.

Oh, and some made the argument that their kids look up to Merida because she is outdoorsy, etc.  Are they saying that the new version is somehow less outdoorsy?

They also were against the change because their daughters idolized Merida.  I’m sorry, but if your daughter idolizes a cartoon character, I think you may need to rethink your parenting strategy.  I will happily share with you who my daughter idolizes….her mother, my wife.  That is who she should idolize and look up to, not some Disney princess or some celebrity, just like it is ridiculous to allow your son to look up to an athlete or actor.

Instead of wanting Disney to provide the moral compass for their daughters, maybe these parents should take time out of their oh-so-busy days and spend it with their daughters if they are that concerned about messages they are receiving.  Here’s an idea, instead of parking your kid in front of the TV for hours on end so you can flip through the pages of Shades of Grey or Playboy, take your daughter outside to play.  Go to the park, go get ice cream.

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