Rachel Zegler’s Hunger Games Prequel Fame Could Be Disney’s Only Saving Grace After Snow White Gets Plagued By Controversy

The backlash also involves criticism of inserting 'wokeness' into fairy tales

Rachel Zegler’s Hunger Games Prequel Fame Could Be Disney’s Only Saving Grace After Snow White Gets Plagued By Controversy

SUMMARY

  • Rachel Zegler will star in the upcoming live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs film.
  • However, her comments about the story have caused controversy, with some calling it disrespectful.
  • Zegler takes a feminist stand, stating that Snow White will not be saved by a prince and will instead focus on becoming a leader.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a quintessential fairytale. It also has the distinction of being the first feature-length animated offering of Walt Disney, kicking off a decade-long career in animation for the entertainment company.

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A still from the original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
A still from the original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

However, it looks like the magic of the property will not be enough to save the upcoming Rachel Zegler starrer, thanks to comments made by the actress regarding the story. However, it seems that the actress’s fame from the Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes might be the ray of hope this project needs.

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Rachel Zegler seems ashamed of the original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Star, Rachel Zegler

Rachel Zegler decided to take a feminist stand when it came to the story of Snow White. Speaking to Variety, the actress said:

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‘I mean, it’s no longer 1937, and we absolutely wrote a Snow White…that is not going to be saved by the prince. She is not gonna be dreaming about true love. She is going to be dreaming about becoming the leader she knows she can be, and the leader that her late father told her that she could be if she was fearless, fair, brave, and true.”

This particular comment sparked an intense backlash against the Disney project, with some calling it disrespectful and in bad taste. Zegler seems to be more interested in the character of Snow White than the story as a whole. Some have seen the move as a way of inserting ‘wokeness’ into otherwise unproblematic fairy tales. Another point of contention has been the casting of a Latina actress in a story specifically about a white-skinned character.

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A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes might help Rachel Zegler’s Case

Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird
Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird

As A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes rolls out its release schedule, opening reviews for the project have been largely positive. Special mentions have been made for the cast, which includes Rachel Zegler.

This might just work in favor of Disney’s live-action Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs film. while the reaction to Zegler’s comments has largely left a bad taste in the audience’s mouth, her performance in the Hunger Games prequel might just win them over with her talent and grit. Not only has Zegler proven time and time again that she is a gifted actor, but she has also made it clear that she approaches her roles with respect and deep understanding, a practice she doesn’t seem poised to break in her Snow White production.

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Also Read: “Barbie embraced nostalgia. Snow White is doing the opposite”: OG Disney Fans Slam Shazam 2 Star Branding Them as ‘Creepy’ for Liking Original Story

 

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Written by Anuraag Chatterjee

Anuraag Chatterjee, Web Content Writer
With a passion for writing fiction and non fiction content, Anuraag is a Media Science graduate with 2 year's experience with Marketing and Content, with 3 published poetry anthologies. Anuraag holds a Bacherlor's degree in Arts with a focus on Communication and Media Studies.