Have you noticed how few female characters there are in recent Disney movies? In an interview with Fanvoice, animation supervisor Lino DiSalvo explains why it’s supposedly super duper hard to make a movie like Frozen that features women: “animating female characters [is] really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very – you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive [too...] Having a film with two hero female characters was really tough.”
Say what now? I don’t know if I’m more offended by the insinuation that women have to remain pretty and perfect at all times or by the implication that women are more emotional and “sensitive” than men? His comments, as technically oriented as they may be, suggest that women, because of our wild and unpredictable emotions, have a hard time being attractive. And that if a woman isn’t conventionally attractive, she shouldn’t be in a Disney movie. Way to send a terrible message to female fans: “no matter how emotional you get, try to put on a brave, pretty face.” YUCK.
The internet has confronted and exposed the sexism in DiSalvo’s words, but Disney has refused to comment.
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