A father has been branded a “killjoy” because he has stopped his daughters from watching older Disney films which he says should be “condemned to the history books”. Orel Asformas says he wants his five-year-old daughter to believe she can achieve anything.
But he fears that some Disney films reinforce negative stereotypes about women and their role in society.
That is why he has banned his daughter from watching certain Disney classics.
Explaining his decision, he told Express.co.uk: “I don’t have an issue with all Disney films. Frozen is fine for example because it has good values and shows women in a good light.
“I have more of an issue with older films which are still seen as classics for some reason.
“Films like Cinderella and Snow White where the woman is a damsel in distress who can barely get dressed by herself are the ones that are out of bounds for my daughter.
“It just sends a message to women that they are all completely incapable of doing anything and their sole purpose in life is to find a man.
“That’s not progressive or something that we should give to the next generation of women.
“For me there is nothing controversial about that. Unfortunately, some people don’t agree with me and I’ve been called a killjoy by some of my daughter’s parents.
“Some of them are women which I found especially shocking. How can anyone be happy to feed these kids this propaganda?
“The message that it sends out is horrendous. It belongs in the 1950s, not 2022.
“They need to wake up and see the error of their ways before it is too late.”
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The proud father, who was born in Israel but splits his time between the Czech Republic and Belarus, added that he will allow his daughters to watch some of the more “outdated” films when they grow up and can “understand their true meaning”.
He continued: “I’m not a censor who believes that things from the past should be scrubbed from the history books.
“My view is far from pragmatic. I believe that nothing should be off limits but only when people can fully comprehend them.
“In the future my daughter will be able to watch all of these films to her heart’s content.
“But she is five at the moment and watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarves will just teach her that she needs a man to save her.”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves has been criticised by Hollywood stars in the past due to the famous kiss scene.
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American actress Kristen Bell once recalled asking her daughters: “Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission? Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!”
Other Disney films have been condemned for their use of racial stereotypes. Dumbo, released in 1941, includes a scene in which a pack of crows appear to represent a racist caricature of black Americans.
With other films criticised for similar reasons, in 2020, Disney added an advisory message that plays before six movies on its Disney Plus streaming platform.
The message warns that racial stereotypes seen in the films “were wrong then and are wrong now,” and viewers may see “negative depictions” of people and cultures.
Peter Pan, The Aristocats, The Jungle Book, Lady and the Tramp, Dumbo, and Swiss Family Robinson were the films marked as potentially offensive.