During an interview with Ellen Degeneres, Keira Knightley decided to explain why she has banned her daughter from watching certain Disney classics.
Whether you prefer Aladdin or Beauty and The Beast, there’s no denying we all have a soft spot for Disney.
However, while we love the romance and whimsy and magic of it all, we can’t help but despair over how many of their princess’ stories revolve around them batting their eyes at a prince, falling in love, and bagging that happily-ever-after. After all, these animated women are some of our earliest female role models and they teach us, for better or worse, unforgettable life lessons about love, independence, and a woman’s place in the world.
It makes sense, then, that Keira Knightley has banned her three-year-old daughter Edie from watching certain Disney classics.
And, speaking about the rule on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Knightley let slip that Cinderella is first on the no-watch list.
“She waits around for a rich guy to rescue her,” she said, in mock despair. “Don’t! Rescue yourself. Obviously!”
Another classic that won’t be watched in the Knightley household any time soon is The Little Mermaid.
“This is the one that I’m quite annoyed about because I really like the film,” she said. “I mean, the songs are great, but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello!”
Stressing that she is not on a Disney Princess witch hunt, Knightley was quick to admit that enforcing the ban hasn’t been easy. “The problem with The Little Mermaid is I love The Little Mermaid,” she said. “That one’s a little tricky, but I’m keeping to it.”
Thankfully, there are some Disney films she will allow in the house: according to Knightley, Finding Dory, Moana and Frozen all pass her test, thanks to their strong, independent female leads.
We have no doubt that, with the new wave of feisty Disney heroines growing, little Edie will undoubtedly be adding to her collection. In the meantime, Knightley might want to check out our definitive feminist ranking of every single Disney princess if she needs some tips and pointers on which ones are worth sitting through to the happy-ever-after.