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Earlier this week, Kiera Knightly revealed that she has banned her daughter from watching two Disney films because they don't portray princesses in a feminist light.

Speaking to Ellen on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, the 33-year-old actress said she'd banned her daughter from watching Cinderella and The Little Mermaid:

Because she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don't! Rescue yourself. Obviously! And this is the one that I'm quite annoyed about because I really like the film, but Little Mermaid [is banned, too].

I mean, the songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello! But the problem with The Little Mermaid is I love The Little Mermaid. That one's a little tricky - but I'm keeping to it!

Now, another Hollywood actress has come out against Disney. This time, 38-year-old Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna in 'Frozen', has spoken out against the film Snow White, because she's concerned that it gives the wrong message to her daughters - Lincoln, 5, and Delta, 3 - about stranger danger and consent.

Speaking to Parents magazine, USA Today reports she said:

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, 'OK, I'm doing something right.'

Bell is also concerned about the book's message when it comes to consent, particularly Prince Charming's presumptuous behaviour:

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!

Bell also revealed in the interview that she's working on her own children's book, and the process has made her appreciate how much the messages aimed at children have progressed.

Speaking to Parent magazine, she said:

There's a book called Grumpy Monkey that we love that allows the monkey to be grumpy, even at the end. Other characters give him solutions but he decides he's still grumpy.

I've had that feeling, and I want my girls to know that feeling and I want my girls to know that you're allowed to feel it. Figure out ways to pick yourself up when you are ready. I really like that message.

HT USA Today

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