Keira Knightley loves Disney but she believes some of the movies are outdated.
The “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” actress was candid about some of her current employers’ beloved Disney princesses when visiting “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last month.
Knightley, 33, told DeGeneres she has banned Disney movies from her home that don’t hold up to her feminist ideals. For example, “Cinderella” is a no-go 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’,” Knightley highlighted as another banned movie. “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.”
On the red carpet premiere of her new film, Knightley was asked about her comments, explaining to The Associated Press, “‘Moana’ is big in our house, ‘Inside Out’ is big in our house, I just wonder what Elsa [from ‘Frozen’] would say to Ariel [from ‘The Little Mermaid’] and Cinderella because Elsa has some serious opinions about Anna [her sister in ‘Frozen’] going off with a guy that she’s only just met and saying she would marry him.”
“She’s like ‘absolutely that is not okay’ and in fact everyone in ‘Frozen’ is not okay with that. What would Elsa say to Ariel, who gives up her voice for a man? A man, by the way, she has only seen dance round a ship and then drown!,” she continued.
“And it’s 100 per cent amazing of Ariel to save the guy, I’m totally up for that, but what would Elsa make of that?” Knightley said. “I think Elsa would be like: ‘Babe, you’ve got to get to know him better, don’t give up your voice just yet.'”
Knightley shares her three-year-old daughter, Edie Knightley Righton, with English musician James Righton.
“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is in theatres Nov. 2.