Disney’s extensive back catalogue of animated classics are very much products of their time, and unfortunately in some cases that means they don’t play too well when viewed through a modern lens. Thankfully, though, the Mouse House has already taken steps to combat this by adding disclaimers to many older titles to warn viewers of outdated and potentially offensive content.
Not only that, but Dumbo, The Aristocats and Peter Pan were all removed from the children’s section of Disney Plus and locked behind a parental control, meaning that kids under the age of seven will need approval from their parents before watching them. It’s a suitable compromise when several other platforms have removed movies and TV shows altogether for much the same reasons, but fans are now worried that cancel culture could set its sights on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
A travel publication recently wrote a piece on Disneyland’s Snow White Enchanted Wish Ride, which has been updated and overhauled slightly over the last year. However, the article brought attention to the prince kissing Snow White without her consent while she’s asleep, and it’s naturally ignited a minor firestorm on social media, as you can see from the reactions below.
Today's cancel culture is so stupid!
Disney’s Snow White ride prompts furious review after Prince Charming awakens her with a kiss — but without consent https://t.co/KGb9MBuZzf
— Cathy Chats (@CathyChats1) May 5, 2021
What are we outraged about today, folks? pic.twitter.com/J7mwVJJoqB
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 3, 2021
— TεииιѕGυяl? (@TennisGurlFr) May 5, 2021
They tryna cancel Prince Charming for kissing Snow White ? Are y’all serious ?
— ?? (@WhoseBothered) May 5, 2021
Cancel culture now flapping about Snow White being inappropriately kissed by Prince Charming. Wait until they find out about the time she felt Happy all day.
— Rob Summerfield (@RobSummerfield1) May 5, 2021
Cancel culture at it again ??? they tryna cancel fckin snow white because Prince Charming gave her a non consensual kiss when she was sleep ???? gtffff this movie came out in 1938 bruh
— Feisty Pisces (@cabbageptchgrl) May 5, 2021
Oh joy. Now the Daily Mail have picked up on the Snow White non-story so their readers can scream at the woke cancel culture snowflake strawman that exist only in their heads. Grow a brain and stop being so easily led into confected outrage. https://t.co/7XERrBo4B9
— Spar4 (@Mckendrick36) May 5, 2021
Nah man y’all not about to try n cancel Snow White talking about the Prince kissed SnowWhite without her consent Smdh . What’s wrong with y’all
— Rizz Bryant (@Mrratedr3) May 5, 2021
Just want to point out that this Fox News rage-a-thon about the "woke" mob coming to "cancel" Snow White all centers around one paragraph in a single travel piece written last week in a local San Francisco paper.https://t.co/A0RzGJJrUy
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 3, 2021
She was killed by eating a poisoned apple. The real issue here was that the Prince kissed a corpse on the lips. pic.twitter.com/4rn4CjN3E7
— Logan Miller (@ToucanLDM) May 3, 2021
What are they getting mad about today? Here's a "straight news" segment about the purported cancelation of Snow White at Disneyland that is built around a single op-ed that criticized the ride. https://t.co/q39MRZX8Wa pic.twitter.com/j0xg0sp5dq
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 3, 2021
"People need to stop writing think pieces like the Snow White article so that conservatives don't weaponize them as consequences of cancel culture."
Listen, they're going to find something to be angry about, regardless. Anger is the point. They'll fabricate outrage if needed.
— Charlotte Clymer ?️? (@cmclymer) May 3, 2021
It’s now beyond satire.
New version: she sleeps forever. https://t.co/zDhiHw1nPM
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 3, 2021
— ᴸᴵᴸᴵᵀᴴ (@ShrewdRose) May 5, 2021
If you actually care, start teaching your kids the concept of consent & stop trying to cancel Snow White.
— aash 🙂 (@aashna911) May 5, 2021
Disneyland’s new Snow White ride slammed for prince’s ‘non-consensual’ kiss. I literally have no words !!!!!
— medicman ?? (@ukmedicx) May 3, 2021
ppl are saying snow white's kiss raises "issues of consent" and i'm this close to hitting the big red button
— sarah m. albers ☠️ (@sarahmalbers) May 3, 2021
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a landmark for cinema in general, as both Disney’s debut feature-length animated film and the first one ever, and it was released in 1937 before World War II had even started, so it’s hardly going to be reflective of where we are as a culture and society almost 85 years later. The backlash is based on a single story from a travel magazine, though, so it would be fair to say that there’s been a little bit of an overreaction from some quarters.