So apparently the suits at Disney have given up and are like, "Fiiiiine, we'll make Merida an un-hot ginger."
The controversy, which first reared its head earlier this week when a more slim-trim/glammy Merida from "Brave" was unveiled for her coronation as a Disney World Princess, has resulted in fan outcry that ultimately led the Mouse House to tell Inside the Magic that the redesign was strictly a "one-time stylized version" that will only be used on a "limited line of products" for Target.
While the studio claims the backlash was "blown out of proportion," it's fair to say that when the lady who won an Oscar for "Brave," Brenda Chapman, is calling you out for sexism it might be time to prick up your ears.
Fans have a history of anger at the first sign of change in an iconic character (see Bat nipples in "Batman and Robin," or the lack of Super underwear in "Man of Steel"), but the sexification of Merida was particularly odious given that the whole intention behind the Scottish lass was to break the mold of size 0, hourglass heroines who have to be rescued by Prince Charming.
""When little girls say they like it because it's more sparkly, that's all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy 'come hither' look and the skinny aspect of the new version," Chapman told her hometown paper, the Marin Independent Journal. "It's horrible! Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance."
Although representatives from Pixar have not commented on the situation, we hope they'll use their creative autonomy to really piss off the Disney brass by making "Brave 2" with a much older, braver Merida proudly rocking a FUPA.