“The time has come to tell the vil­lain’s side of the fairy­tale”

SA­MAN­THA ARMY­TAGE

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OHello! !Wicked­nce upon a time, in a land far, far away, chil­dren were taught life lessons and moral­ity via fairy­tales; sto­ries of magic, dizzy blon­des wait­ing to be saved by a bloke and the most vi­tal of the teach­ing tools: the vil­lain.

Nowa­days, ays, the Kar­dashi­ans and Fort­nite help elp shape this ed­u­ca­tion, but vil­lains still ll rule the world (lit­er­ally) and in this s era of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, I won­der if, f, for all these cen­turies, they have been mis­un­der­stood?

I ad­mit, , Peter Pan was a bit of a creep and Cruella de Vil is be­yond de­fend­ing, but with and An­gelina’s post-mod­ernist Malef­i­cent, , it ap­pears the time has come to tell the vil­lain’s ver­sion of the story. Be­cause, no mat­ter how flat a pan­cake is, there are e al­ways two sides.

Did Goldilocks oldilocks taunt the bears? Plus, s, we all have a fussy-fooded ded friend. An­noy­ing.

It’s pos­si­ble sible Cinderella’s “wicked” step­mother tep­mother was just an over­worked ed sin­gle mum. (And if you’ve ever er watched an episode of Dance Moms, you’ll agree she was quite mild in com­par­i­son.)

Maybe Cin­ders was pas­siveag­gres­sive be­hind the scenes, and there­fore fore the step­sis­ters were ac­tu­ally ally long-suf­fer­ing.

If mag­a­zine and vis­it­ing the Slip Inn nn dur­ing the Syd­ney

not nO­lympics have taught me any­thing, it’s that women com­pet­ing for a prince’s at­ten­tion can be more ag­gres­sive than a pack of wolves. Speak­ing of wolves, Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood. I mean, hon­estly. How s stupid was she that she couldn’t see through throu those lame drag out­fits he donned? Why wouldn’t Malef­i­cent be seething when she was the only one in­vited to Sleep­ing Beauty’s christe chris­ten­ing? And she was a long-term thinker. thin She waited 16 years for her re­venge. r Ad­mit­tedly, she should should’ve just been happy that, as a sin­gle woman, she didn’t have h to buy yet an­other present pre for her mar­ried frie friends. The Evil Queen was por­trayed as a vin­dic­tive vind an­tag­o­nist ver­sus Snow White. But her gre great­est crimes were ba­sica ba­si­cally envy and nar­cis­sism nar­cis­sism. (In­sta­gram, any­one? any­one?) Let’s get some insi in­sight into The Lion King’s Pride Lands. That great Disney vil­lain vil Scar is Mu­fasa’s pre­cious, tan­tythrow­ing brother wh who gets pushed out of line fo for the throne when his nephew nep Simba is born. It’s like some some­thing out of Ham­let, or sim­i­lar to Prince An­drew’s re­ac­tion to Charles when Wil­liam came along along.

I be­lieve the most ma­ligned vil­lain was the witch in Hansel and Gre­tel. OK, she used sugar as a weapon (a ma­jor crime in 2019), but, as Aus­tralians know all too well, houses are ex­pen­sive.

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