Actress Keira Knightley has banned her three-year-old daughter from watching two classic Disney movies, after arguing that their portrayal of women being ‘rescued’ by men doesn’t align with the way she wants her only child to see the world.
Speaking on the Ellen Show, the Colette star revealed: ‘Cinderella – banned because she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her – don’t. Rescue yourself, obviously.
‘This is the one I’m quite annoyed about because I love The Little Mermaid and the songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man.’
Explaining further, the 33-year-old argued that she still lets Edie sit down to modern Disney films such Frozen, Moana and Dory – most of which feature strong female heroines.
The mum-of-one – who is married to musician James Righton – also explained that she’s happy to support Edie in ‘anything she wants to do’ in terms of her future career. And that includes following her footsteps to forge a life in front of the cameras.
But it seems that Keira’s views weren’t met with approval, with some including GMB host Piers Morgan, who questioned whether her role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise didn’t similarly see her rescued by Captain Jack Sparrow.
Scores of people took to Twitter to agree with the outspoken breakfast host.
One user said: ‘Keira Knightley is the exact type of woman who annoys me on several levels.
‘What are the chances of her giving her voice up for humanity? #tooearly #dontcomeforDisney #stopshamingotherwomen #youdontspeakforme’.
While another fumed: ‘I would be miserable having you as a mother. It’s a MOVIE… Children are smart enough to know it’s not real. I’m sure we all grew up watching toy story and thinking toys could really talk…..’
A third simply stated: ‘Keira Knightley is wrong, wrong, wrong. My 2nd tweet ever’.
However, there was a least one voice in the crowd who argued the she may have started an important debate.
Above a retweeted article of the topic, they wrote: ‘Keira Knightley makes some valid points.’
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