Actress Kristen Bell who voices Disney princess Anna in Frozen and the upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet discussed her parenting techniques specifically some of the books she reads to her kids including Snow White in a recent interview.
While speaking with Parents, Bell discussed how she reads to her young daughters Lincoln, 5, and Delta, 3, every night. Bell describes this as her “favorite part of the day.” She adds, “I glance away from the book and see their brains working while we’re all cuddled up like meerkats.”
One of the books they’ve been reading lately is Snow White. Bell notes she not only reads to them, but also discusses the story afterwards:
“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?’ 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.'”
That’s definitely understandable. However, don’t we get food from strangers all the time? We purchase groceries at the supermarket from people we don’t know. When we go to a restaurant we also get food from total strangers. And Halloween is just around the corner. Kids get plenty of food from strangers on Halloween.
The moral Bell appears to be touching on in Snow White is probably more about trust, but verify. There’s no reason you shouldn’t trust your neighbors, but you should always verify. There’s a reason, parents will go through their kids candy after Halloween to make sure there aren’t any dangers. But for the most part that candy is going to be safe because we can trust strangers.
Interestingly enough while Bell uses Snow White to teach her kids to fear strangers, she criticizes her own parents for a story they read:
“There’s a fear-based toddler-teaching book with Mr. Fox getting hit by a car, his head bleeding and Xs on his eyes. I’m like, ‘Mom, you read this to me?’ God bless the 80s, I don’t know how we got through.”
However, Bell’s main contention with Snow White is how the story ends. She explains how she discusses it with her kids:
“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!”
I don’t know about you, but I kiss my wife when she’s sleeping all the time. Sometimes it’s to wake her up to tell her I’m heading out for the day. Other times it’s a good night kiss. Nothing wrong there.
But probably the biggest problem is the way Bell frames this question to her kids. She’s implying that the Prince is doing something wrong in the story by kissing her. However, if the Prince doesn’t kiss Snow White she remains in her comatose state. Is that what Bell really wants her kids to learn? You shouldn’t try and save someone when they are in danger?
Plenty of people pointed out Bell’s interesting take on Snow White.
"Don't you think it's weird the prince saves her life" https://t.co/rCTjNyzLAe
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) October 17, 2018
I mean it’s not like she was in a COMA due to being POISONED by a WITCH nah he just walked up to her perfectly unconscious body and kissed her for no reason. It’s a fairy tale. He kissed her to lift the curse. It’s a classic story. Stop making it more than it is
— trov (@angrygayrodian) October 17, 2018
that non consensual kiss woke her from a sleeping curse placed on her by a witch in a magical land so I feel like we can excuse it this time.
— Alona Forsythe (@alonaforsythe) October 17, 2018
Bruh I don’t think she could give him the permission seeing as she was unconscious
— StarShine? (@icesorceress4) October 17, 2018
What do you make of Bell’s teaching techniques with her children? Do you agree with her take on Snow White?