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What Actress Kristen Bell is Saying About ‘Snow White’ and Consent is Truly Absurd

This is a real head scratcher.

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It seems as if this is the week for Hollywood actresses to try and solidify their street credibility with the feminist crowd by setting their sights on Disney princesses, bashing the legendary stars of these classic animated tales for not promoting “female empowerment.”

The first actress to do so was Keira Knightley who said she has banned the well known films “Cinderella” and “The Little Mermaid” for her three-year-old daughter, accusing the movies of sending “false messages on female empowerment.” Yeah, if you’re not sure what exactly she’s getting at here, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Joining Knightley in her crusade is “Frozen” actress Kristen Bell, who put “Snow White” on blast because she didn’t give the prince consent to kiss her. Isn’t it kind of hard for the prince to get consent when Snow White is locked in a death like state by the evil spell of the witch? How, exactly, is he supposed to get consent?

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Speaking with Parents, Bell expressed how she loves reading to her daughters and discussing the stories every time they put the book down. In the case of “Snow White,” Bell used that to teach the girls a lesson about consent and talking to strangers.

Bell explained, “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, ‘Okay, I’m doing something right.'”

Fair enough. In fact, one could even say that “Snow White” teaches a lesson in cheerful naivete regarding the witch’s trick. But that’s not Bell’s only contention with the fairy tale classic; it’s the method by which Snow White awakens from her poisonous slumber that really irks the actress.

“Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?” Bell says she has asked her daughters. “Because you cannot kiss someone if they’re sleeping!”

The problem here, again, is that Snow White wasn’t just taking a nap in the woods and this man just strolls up and plants a big one on her. Without this kiss, she’ll die. She’s incapacitated and without the prince’s kiss, she’s never going to wake up. Hardly seems sensible to make this some sort of morality tale about consent.

Source: Daily Wire

 

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Does Your Family Need a New Years’ Media Resolution? Here Are Some Tips

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Maybe your teen got the latest model smartphone for Christmas, or your toddler got a tablet that you swear you’ll only use for educational purposes. After what was hopefully a joyful holiday season, now is the perfect time to consider how you can make the most of the time you have in the new year with your family—especially when it comes to media use.

Common Sense Media, who seeks to “empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.”

In a helpful blog post for Common Sense, Caroline Knorr offers a list powerful yet simple New Year’s resolutions every family should consider if they want to be intentional regarding the media that permeates their lives and “raise kids with a healthy, balanced relationship with screens.”

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“Be curious — not judgy — about your kid’s media.”

There’s no doubt about it, it seems almost every new trend our kids seem to catch onto is just plain weird. “…Often, when kids get into things we don’t know about or understand, we worry,” Knorr writes. “And that makes us clamp down, when we really should be opening up.”

Instead, Knorr suggests doing something your kids are into: “Play Fortnite, watch Good Mythical Morning, read a Rick Riordan book, download Snapchat or Tik Tok. Talk to your kids and see what they like about the most popular apps, YouTube shows, and social media. They’ll respond better to your concerns if you’ve experienced these things for yourself.”

 

“Help your kid learn to manage themselves.”

“Two things make it really hard for kids to get off their devices,” Knorr explains. “First, they’re not great at self-regulating yet. And second, games, apps, social media, and even streaming services are all designed to keep them hooked as long as possible.”

Listen, technology isn’t going away, and our goal as parents shouldn’t be to make it go away. Instead, we want to put in the effort, even through the hard days, to teach our kids balance.

“Use tech such as screen-time settings and parental controls as tools to help your kids gain the skills they need to draw limits,” Knorr suggests, even if it means occasionally taking the “blunt-force” approach and turning off the internet for a spell.

“If they prove they’re good at sticking to limits, ease off a bit,” Knorr writes. “If they falter, keep your eyes on the prize. With your support, encouragement, and guidance, they’ll get there.”

 

“Have a family movie night.”

It might seem like a cliché, but nothing can possibly replace quality time with your kids, especially when consuming any kind of media. Exposing you and your children to countless teachable moments (from appropriate, ideally pre-viewed films and shows), the family movie night is a powerful tool.

“You can talk about issues, characters’ strengths and flaws, and themes,” Knorr suggests. And, if you’re a homeschooling family, holding a thoughtful conversation during a science- or history-themed movie definitely counts as a lesson!

 

“Take one small step toward privacy.”

Whether you are looking to protect your kids from peer pressure, online predators, or even just tasteless advertising, media privacy is crucial for families. “Lots of companies get around the Children’s Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) and collect data on kids’ accounts,” Knorr explains. “This means they could be targeted with ads and other creepy stuff.”

Thankfully, you can control your privacy settings with any device or app you use, you just need to do some tweaking in your account settings.

 

“Embrace the “digital wellness” trend.”

Technology is meant to be a positive aspect of our lives, not a detriment, a stumbling block, or an addiction. If any of those are apt descriptors for tech use in your family, Knorr urges you to take a deep breath and evaluate the situation.

In response to the dark side of screen time, giants in the industry such as Facebook and Google are now offering several digital wellness features. Although they aren’t meant to replace personal discipline, Knorr says “they’re a good reminder to be more self-aware and ditch what doesn’t feel truly helpful or enjoyable.”

“If there’s something you’d like to cut down on, use built-in tools to set limits for yourself,” she continues. “Help your kids become more aware of their own online time and help them take control of their use, too. You don’t have to shut everything down. But really focus on what you’re doing, when you’re doing it, and why.”

 

God created humans with incredible capabilities, imagination, and creativity. Our use of technology can be a great gift, but it will take a healthy dose of responsibility for families to find a healthy balance. If screen time has become a beast in your family, try these simple steps today to tame it.

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Late Night Host Says Trump Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Address Nation

Somehow, comedians in the media believe that they have some authority that supersedes that of the President’s.

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The office of the President has been under near-constant attack in the media from the moment that Donald Trump took office.

To be totally fair, the fact that there was talk of impeaching the 45th President previous to his inauguration should have solidified that reality, but it bears repeating in this world of overt and repugnant resistance.

Don’t get me wrong; if you disagree with an elected official, by all means express yourself using the First Amendment.  What offends so many in America today isn’t that sort of criticism.  What we are incensed by is the carte blanche opposition that Trump receives no matter what he does.

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The President of the United States could adopt a litter of abandoned puppies and the left would be whining about what breed they are.

Now, as the President prepares to address the nation tonight at 9pm, there are not only networks who are considering not airing his remarks, but at least one late night host believes that Donald Trump shouldn’t even be allowed to do so.

Seth Meyers, host of “Late Night” on NBC, said the president wants to deliver the speech on Tuesday night “to repeat his lies,” and questioned the decision to give him air time.

“First of all, just because Trump wants to address the nation doesn’t mean networks should air it,” Meyers said. “Otherwise, they’re just passing on his lies unfiltered.”

“They should either reject him outright, or, if he insists on speaking in primetime, make him do it as a contestant on ‘The Masked Singer,'” Meyers joked.

This absolute nonsense from Meyers comes at a time in which children are being dragged to our border from the south, with several now having died due to complications from the journey.

Many expect that the President will declare a humanitarian crisis at the border during his primetime address, possibly invoking the military to assist with the issue.

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