“There is an irresponsibility to this decision that is appalling for women and young girls. Disney marketing and the powers that be that allow them to do such things should be ashamed of themselves.
… I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida. When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible! Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.”
— BRENDA CHAPMAN, creator of the animated feature Brave, on the company’s “blatantly sexist” reboot of the main character, Merida.
FLUBBER DUCKY Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 54-foot-tall rubber duck is seen in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, on May 2 (top); after it suffered structural damage (middle); and finally, flat as a deflated souffle on Tuesday. Police are looking to question Bert the Muppet, who was seen fleeing the scene with a giant needle. (Photos: Bobby Yip / Reuters [top]; Tyrone Siu / Reuters [middle]; and Vincent Yu / AP via NBCNews.com)
much of life is trying to make sense of life. we do that through attempting to express our experiences and then evaluating it to see whether they ring true. we normally need another person to hear our attempt so that we can hear it ourselves. often we don’t ask for a problem solver, because we need a listener, one who lets the other friend tell the story, and have the imagination to be with them in it.