"Every time we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask, 'Don't you think it's weird that Snow White didn't ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?'" Bell said. "I say, 'I would never take food from a stranger, would you?' And my kids are like, 'No!' And I'm like, 'Okay, I'm doing something right.'"
The actress, who voices "Frozen" princess Anna, also uses the story's resolution -- Prince Charming kissing a sleeping Snow White to wake her up from the Evil Queen's spell -- to teach her daughters about the importance of consent.
"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," Bell said she tells her daughters.
"Because, you know, she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don't. Rescue yourself, obviously," the actress said. "And this is the one that I'm quite annoyed about because I really like the film but 'The Little Mermaid.' I mean the songs are great but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello? But I love 'The Little Mermaid' so that one's a little tricky one, but no, I'm keeping to it."
"'Finding Dory' is a big favorite in our house," Knightley added. "'Frozen' is huge, 'Moana' totally fine."
To each their own, right? Of course not. Judgement is coming at Bell and Knightley fast and furious on Twitter, and fellow Hollywood star James Woods is leading the charge.
"The Snow White in a coma, who can only be awakened by the kiss of her one true love? That Snow White?" Woods tweeted with a link to an article about Bell's interview. "Or the looney feminist Snow White Privilege confused about her gender, who majored in Lesbian Interpretive Dance? Which Snow White though?"
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The Snow White in a coma, who can only be awakened by the kiss of her one true love? That Snow White? Or the looney feminist Snow White Privilege confused about her gender, who majored in Lesbian Interpretive Dance? Which Snow White though? https://t.co/SLNrHqpmAt
I am survivor of abuse and for me as a child who grew up with Snow White, the story made me remember that not all men are abusers. Thats just my personal view. Know the difference between abuse and affection. He kissed her for love & to break a spell. Dont ruin the story for kids
Kristen Bell & Keira Knightley saying Snow White sends the wrong message... The story evolves around Attempted Murder by Poisoning, Witchcraft, Dwarfs with personality disorders & a talking mirror... But a Kiss is the problem?
Sorry but I loved Snow White as a kid and it never made me think it was okay to let some random dude kiss me that I didn't know 🤷🏻♀️ kids don't look that deep into movies, everyone needs to chill 😂 https://t.co/ML82WSVtes