Disney’s Sexist New Shirts Describe Minnie Mouse As “Hot”
10:09 am, January 11th | by Amy Tennery
We can fully accept that Minnie Mouse isn’t exactly a feminist icon. And that’s alright — for a character first drawn in 1928, she’s doing okay.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t have limits, when it comes to Mickey’s better half. And that threshold has been crossed.
Disney has just released a line of four t-shirts, each with a classic character on the front. There’s Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Minnie. And, as you can see in the accompanying image below, the characters are drawn in descriptive terms, rather than traditional cartooning. For example, Mickey’s head is outlined with the words “The Boss,” “Mischievous” and “Genuine.” These are words meant to describe the characters’ “personalities,” according to the Disney Parks blog.
This is rather curious, given the adjectives used to describe Minnie: “Adventurous,” “Adorable,” “Beautiful,” “Cute,” “Fun,” “Genuine,” Gorgeous,” “Hot,” “Lovable,” “Pretty” and “Sweet.”
It goes without saying (or it should, at least) that referring to a children’s cartoon mouse as “hot” is beyond creepy. Also, how does being “pretty” qualify as a personality trait? And, in case you were wondering, the blog Stitch Kingdom found that the other three (male) characters were given traits that almost universally applied to their personalities — not their appearance (okay, so Goofy was described as “Tall”).
I think this little one needs to pay the Disney execs a visit: