WATCH: Disney Actress Does Full-180 On ‘Snow White’ After Backlash For Feminist Comments Criticizing Original

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 10: Rachel Zegler speaks onstage during the 17th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at The American Museum of Natural History on December 10, 2023 in New York City.
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Disney actress Rachel Zegler, a vocal left-wing activist, is singing a different tune about the 1937 animated film “Snow White” amid backlash over her past feminist complaints about the Disney classic — and after The Daily Wire announced it is producing its own take on the timeless fairy tale.

During an interview for Variety with fellow Disney actress Halle Bailey, Zegler gushed over the original “Snow White” as “a monumental moment in film history.”

“The cartoon is so beloved — it’s like a monumental moment in film history. It’s the first feature-length cartoon movie, to the point where it won honorary Oscars, and all these amazing things that happened for that film are the reason that you and I get to sit here today, because it made Disney what it is,” Zegler told Bailey, who starred as Ariel in the live-action version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

The actress went on to veer away from her past comment, saying she “loves everything the Disney company has put out” since its inception.


Before the Variety interview, Zegler claimed she had only watched the original “Snow White” once as a kid and found it off-putting. “I think I watched it once and never picked it up again. I’m being so serious,” she said.

The 22-year-old also made clear in past interviews that the new “Snow White” flick will not need a man or “true love.”

“It’s no longer 1937, and we absolutely wrote a ‘Snow White’ — she’s not going to be saved by a prince! And she’s not gonna be dreaming about true love,” Zegler said. “She’ll be dreaming about becoming a leader she knows she can be.”

In another example, the actress quipped that Disney could cut out all of Prince Charming’s scenes from the remake, emphasizing how apparently unimportant he is to the story. And perhaps most notably, Zegler said Prince Charming in the original fairy tale “stalks” Snow White.

“I mean, you know, the original cartoon came out in 1937 and very evidently so. There’s a big focus on her love story with a guy who literally stalks her. Weird! Weird,” the actress said.

Zegler’s newfound praise for “Snow White” comes on the heels of The Daily Wire/Bentkey’s announcement of its own live-action take on the beloved tale, titled “Snow White and the Evil Queen,” which is set to be released in 2024 and star actress and Daily Wire host Brett Cooper.

When Daily Wire co-founder Jeremy Boreing first announced the live-action adaptation, he took aim at Disney for disavowing its classic animated version. “Instead of telling stories about timeless truth, what the ancient fairy tales were all about,” said Boreing. “Disney’s new ‘Snow White’ is an apology for their past and will expose children to the popular but destructive lies of the current moment.”

Disney has since pushed back its remake’s release date by a full year. Following the revelation in October, Boreing said the actors’ strike in Hollywood would be used as an excuse for the film’s delayed release, but guessed Disney is likely scrambling to reshoot large parts of the film.

“My guess is the SAG strike excuse is just cover and that they are actually reshooting large parts of the movie to make it a more faithful adaptation of their own classic film,” Boreing posted to X, formerly Twitter. “Will be interesting to see how Rachel Zegler and Gal Gadot walk back their previous denouncements and insistence that this movie will be different…”

Related: ‘Disney Vs Daily Wire’: Snow White Actresses’ Side-By-Side Video Clips Go Viral

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