During a recent appearance on The Ellen Show, Kiera Knightley reveals she’s actually banned her 3-year-old daughter from watching certain children’s movies in their home because she doesn’t think they are a good influence. Cinderella, the animated Disney film from 1950, for example, is one of them.
“She waits around for a rich guy to rescue her,” Knightley, who starred in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, tells DeGeneres, explaining why she doesn’t approve. “Don’t. Rescue yourself, obviously.”
And though she herself “loves the film,” Knightley has also banned the 1989 film The Little Mermaid from her home, too.
“The songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man, hello,” Knightley says. In both cases, she’s met with applause.
Knightley makes an incredibly important point that women and girls need strong female role models, whether it be in their personal circles, their career fields, in the media, and beyond.
In 2017, a study showed that women lead three of the year’s biggest films: Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Wonder Woman. But there’s still a need for more women in these types of roles. In fact, BBC America and the Women’s Media Center conducted a new study aimed at understanding the impact of female representation in the sci-fi/superhero genre. They surveyed 2,431 participants, including girls and boys ages 10 to 19 as well as parents of children aged 5 to 9.
The results showed that 63 percent of girls thought that there were not enough role models in their gender, and 65 percent thought that there were not enough strong characters in the gender. Respectively 35 percent and 34 percent of boys agreed. Moreover, everyone — especially girls and parents of girls — want to see more female sci-fi/superheroes in the media. The majority of girls say that their favorite females in these types of roles make them feel strong, brave, confident, inspired, positive, and motivated.
In the more recent years, there have been more proactive Disney Princesses, such as those in Frozen, Brave, Moana, and Mulan — and Knightley says she supports Dory from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory as well as Frozen and Moana, too.
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