Disneyland reopened its doors over the weekend after the long closure of the pandemic, but the return of the tourist attractions of the Mickey Mouse house theme park in California has sparked controversy over the section dedicated to Snow White and the "stolen" kiss of the prince who brings back to life after the evil bite of the poisoned apple.
"Snow White sleeps and therefore the kiss was not consensual", was the controversy launched online by two journalists of the "SFGate" who reviewed one of the original rides, "Snow White's Enchanted Wish", presented to the public in a renewed version during the reopening of Anaheim park after a 400-day lockdown. Disneyland, in the new version, has chosen to adopt as the end of the race the same epilogue of the classic cartoon of 1938, or the "kiss of eternal love" of the Prince to free Snow White from the spell, thus replacing the death of her stepmother Grimilde with whom the itinerary ended in the original 1955 edition of the carousel.
"It cannot be a kiss of true love if only one person knows what is happening", wrote the journalists on the digital edition of the "San Francisco Chronicle": "We do not already all agree that the consent in the first films of the Is Disney a problematic aspect? And that teaching children that kissing another person, if they both disagree, is not okay? "
On the other hand, the blizzard over Snow White adds to a series of controversies that have recently swept over Disney classics: last year the Disney + streaming channel updated warnings for cartoons such as "Dumbo", "Peter Pan" and " The Aristocats "to sensitize young and old to potential racist contents that went unnoticed in the America of the 1940s and 1950s but which, in the light of the social tensions of the contemporary world, have become not only obsolete, but offensive and unacceptable.