Amnesty International is jumping on the anti-Disney bandwagon — like celebrities Kristen Bell and Keira Knightley — calling out "fairy tales" for anti-feminist scenarios, where damsels in distress under an evil spell need the help of dashing princes to regain consciousness.
But the nongovernmental organization went way beyond merely criticizing Disney's heroines. They created their own "fractured fairy tale" in which a prince sexually assaults a sleeping princess, first kissing her and then sliding his hand up her leg, molesting her as she sleeps — a sort-of parody of "Sleeping Beauty" or "Snow White" that comes off less instructive and more, well, creepy.
It's one cartoon fairy tale that is most certainly not appropriate for children. Or, maybe, anyone.
After sexually abusing the sleeping princess, "Prince Charming" is confronted by a handful of woodland creatures who explain to him that he has to get consent to kiss, touch, or fondle the princess, even though she's definitely out cold.
The prince is, of course, the archetypal misogynistic male — cut straight, perhaps, from leftist fantasies about now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — who responds that he knows the princess wants "D from the P," because they engaged in some heavy petting at a party, so he feels entitled to assault her now. He's ultimately set straight by a talking owl.
The video ends with the words "no consent, no fairy tale," and "don't have sex without mutual consent."
It's not clear who the video is intended to inform other than, perhaps, a handful of Twitter users who found it funny. It's certainly not for kids, and it's a little strange to think that someone in a pitch meeting brought up the idea of a prince visibly molesting a princess as a way of conveying the idea of consent to the Disney princess set (and it's even creepier if you consider that both Snow White and Sleeping Beauty are supposed to be in their early teens).
Amnesty justified the video by claiming that it was designed to pick up where Bell left off. Bell, who stars as the man-crazy Anna in "Frozen," quipped last week that she agreed with Keira Knightly, who wouldn't show her daughter Disney films because they had anti-feminist messages.
“Don’t you think it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?” Bell said. “Because you cannot kiss someone if they’re sleeping.”
"So, Kristen Bell is right,” Amnesty tweeted in response. “We need to talk about consent – and fairytales are an excellent place to start.”
The actual Amnesty International article where the video first appeared focuses on the European Union, where, the group claims, only 9 of 33 member states have laws explicitly calling sex without consent "rape." AI complains that, instead, most European countries define rape "on the basis of physical force or threat thereof, coercion or inability to defend oneself," rather than as any activity within the scope of the full sex act that is not completed by mutual consent.
Logistical nightmare aside, Amnesty seems to believe that the reason more countries aren't adopting consent-based rape laws is because of anti-feminist culture — a phenomenon Amnesty International appears all too ready to pin on things like Disney cartoons.