Anger over ‘Fat’ Snow White

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RED Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs was sup­posed to be a pos­i­tive par­ody of the Dis­ney clas­sic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but the film is be­ing ac­cused of fat-sham­ing and misog­yny af­ter pro­mos were re­leased.

Even the ac­tress who voices Snow White says she’s “ap­palled”.

The movie, said to be about a “princess who doesn’t fit into the celebrity world of princesses – or their dress size”, has yet to be re­leased.

But an ad for the film showed up at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val last month.

It shows an an­i­mated Snow White stand­ing thin and tall, next to the shorter and heav­ier ver­sion of her­self. The bill­board reads, “What if Snow White was no longer beau­ti­ful and the 7 Dwarfs not so short?”

Lo­cus Cre­ative Stu­dios also re­leased a trailer. In the clip, two dwarfs hide in Snow White’s room and watch her un­dress. When she re­moves her red shoes, she trans­forms into a heav­ier girl who slumps down on the couch and burps. The dwarfs look at her dis­gusted.

The glimpses sparked a good deal of on­line com­ment.

Plus-size and body pos­i­tive model Tess Hol­l­i­day tweeted an im­age of the photo, ask­ing: “Why is it okay to tell young kids be­ing fat = ugly?”

Chloë Grace Moretz, who is the voice of Snow White in the film, also took to Twit­ter speak­ing out against the mar­ket­ing cam­paign. “I am just as ap­palled and an­gry as ev­ery­one else,” she tweeted.

Moretz has been vo­cal on her views on fem­i­nism and has said she turns down roles that sex­u­alise women.

Su­jin Hwang, one of the film’s pro­duc­ers, told En­ter­tain­ment Weekly that the mar­ket­ing cam­paign “is be­ing ter­mi­nated”. – The Wash­ing­ton Post

A scene from Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs.

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