Sunday, April 24, 2011

Random Question: Sex in Disney

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Since I wrote about Song of the South last week, I thought it would be appropriate to get your thoughts on another Disney event that I came across recently. Now, if you're as old as I am or older, you probably remember the shenanigans about the phallus on the VHS cover of The Little Mermaid. And you probably remember the hullabaloo caused by the "SEX" vs. "SFX" controversy in the stars during The Lion King. But those are old news and have been beaten to death.

Have you heard about the alleged tangles of hair on Rapunzel? It has been asserted that Disney has once again hidden "SEX" on an animated advertisement. Check out this image for Tangled:
 Now, I should mention that I didn't discover this on my own. I wouldn't have seen it if someone hadn't pointed it out to me. And, while it could innocently be a mistake, it could just as easily haven been intentional. If you look at the hair that is acting as a rope, the end sort of resembles an "S" in a sideways shape. Then, there are several straight-across-the-torso loops that form an "E" when you use Flynn's arm as part of the vertical leg. Just below that, we can see the crossing strands near the bottom, forming an "X." And there you have it... or, more clearly, here you have it: 
What do you think? Someone reading too much into something again? Or is it possibly a legitimate claim? In Disney's defense, they were probably just looking to play with the hair a bit and not have every wrap straight. At the same time, there's no way you could argue for "SFX" (for "special effects") this time... it's just too clearly an "E" rather than an "F." Agree? 
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