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It's not easy being a Disney princess. Here's what happens when 'happily ever after' goes wrong.

Every Disney movie doesn't always end happily ever after. At least not the ones depicted in images released this summer by artist Saint Hoax.

In the visuals, which were created to raise awareness of domestic and sexual abuse, Disney princesses are being violated by their loved ones.

The first campaign, called Princest Diaries, shows a variety of your favorite Disney women — Ariel, Jasmine, and Sleeping Beauty — and raised awareness about family abuse.

The second campaign, called "Happy Never After," depicts the same Disney characters as battered, bruised and broken.

You can view the images here and here. Note: The images are graphic and may be unsuitable for children.

“It’s disturbing, but that’s the point,” Time magazine’s Eliana Dockterman wrote. “The series of images are meant to raise awareness and encourage victims to report cases of domestic abuse.”

According to a 1992 report by the Department of Justice, 46 percent of victims younger than 12 have been sexually assaulted by a family member. More recently, that number has dropped to 34.2 percent.

"Disney princess are perceived as ideal females," Hoax, the artist, told The Huffington Post. "They belong to a fairytale land where happy ever afters are bound to happen. But what happens after the happy ever after?"

Celebrating fantasies that encourages children to dream may be a good thing, but if taken the wrong way, can promote unhealthy attitudes, according to Abby Beach of The Daily Emerald.

“To the young children watching these movies, Disney is sending the message that if you’re ever in a bad situation, just wait for your prince to come along and whisk you away,” Beach said.

That's why these visuals may be helpful in dispelling some of the common misbeliefs about domestic violence and sexual abuse, especially those that may put many women in danger.

But not everyone is happy with these images. Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote for Salon that it’s time to back off the Disney princesses when it comes to spreading messages on assault.

“Art that confronts and asks questions always has value,” Williams wrote. “Art that lazily relies on the same inspiration again and again, not so much. It’s hard to do work that’s thought-provoking and creative. But it’s abundantly clear that it’s really easy to give a princess a black eye.”

Alice Jaffe of Oxford Student thinks the photos do invoke certain emotions in us that are necessary to draw attention to the cause.

“The uncomfortable reaction we experience upon viewing such a work is clearly a comment on both the power and influence on an international phenomenon such as that of the Disney Princess, as well as on the limits of our perception in approaching what we believe we know and love,” Jaffe wrote.

These images aren’t just a cruel play on the Disney characters, though. Hoax told HuffPost that it’s important for girls and women alike to know that the future isn’t bright for many and these kinds of abuses and assaults can happen to anyone. It happens every nine seconds, according to Domestic Violence Statistics, and to one out of every three women.

"By portraying Disney princesses as victims of domestic violence, I'm proposing the idea that no girl/woman is safe from being emotionally/physically/sexually abused,” Hoax said to HuffPost. "Victims of abuse are not alone and it's never too late for them to take a stand."

If you’re in need of help with a domestic abuse situation, call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Email: hscribner@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: @herbscribner