People Are Very Angry That Disney Redesigned Merida From “Brave” To Be Sexier

Including Merida’s creator, the writer and co-director of Brave, Brenda Chapman.

1. Disney has made Merida from Brave its 11th princess, and with that move comes Merida’s “new” look.

2. Her coronation ceremony as the 11th Disney princess on May 11:

3. Brenda Chapman, who won an Oscar for writing and co-directing Brave, is furious about the “sexist marketing move.”

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4. Chapman went on to say, “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.”

5. There’s also a Change.org petition with over 115,000 supporters.

6. From the petition page:


Merida was the princess that countless girls and their parents were waiting for — a strong, confident, self-rescuing princess ready to set off on her next adventure with her bow at the ready. She was a princess who looked like a real girl, complete with the ‘imperfections’ that all people have.

7. Twitter is full of angry users wondering why Disney had to make Merida sexier.

I hate Merida's redesign!

— micablackers (@Mica Blackwell)

I HATE new Princess Merida.

— PennyLane516 (@Emily Rugburn)

i love that today is Princess Merida's Coronation at Magic Kingdom as one of the Princesses, but I really hate the makeover they gave her.

— frozenaura (@Lynsey)

Hate the new look “@SamuelAAdams: Disney gives Merida a princess makeover; BRAVE creator blasts back: http://t.co/6pOMQHRLZI”

— thehungrymouse (@The Hungry Mouse)

@eleighrowan i hate this, she looks so disfigured and out of proportion and just not like Merida in general

— ninazonneveld (@Ninin)

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