Disney 'woke-washing' row erupts over Snow White remake as actor brands Prince a 'stalker'

Disney row erupts on GB News

Stephen Dixon and Isabel Webster hosted a debate on Snow White

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 16/08/2023

- 09:39

Updated: 16/08/2023

- 09:47

Stephen Dixon and Isabel Webster did their best to mediate a discussion about Snow White star Rachel Zegler's comments on the Disney original

Rachel Zegler and Gal Gadot are the two stars at the forefront of Disney's latest reimagining of an all-time classic.

This time, Snow White is being revamped for a 2024 release following its original 1937 debut.

But the rehash has been marred in controversy and accused of "woke-washing" after Zegler branded the story's Prince a "stalker", the dwarfs were replaced by "magical creatures", and the storyline has shifted focus from a love story.

The Apprentice's Amy Anzel and commentator Amy Nickell-Turner were the two GB News guests with conflicting opinions who joined Isabel Webster and Stephen Dixon on Wednesday's Breakfast to debate Disney's upcoming flick.

However, it didn't take long for tensions to rise as Dixon began: "So what's the point of reimagining a classic if there's no romance, no dwarfs... but will it make a load of money?"

Anzel called Snow White a "beautiful traditional fairytale" as she argued: "To change the fundamental aspects of a fairy tale is wrong. A fairy tale is all about the messaging and as long as the messaging is coming across, all that other stuff doesn't matter."

She also blasted the decision to change the name to solely Snow White as "totally wrong".

However, tensions soon arose when Anzel argued children can see "modern-day princesses" by following the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, which prompted Nickell-Turner to sigh: "Oh, God!"

Amy Nickell-Turner

Amy Nickell-Turner defended the Snow White remake


"They don't need to see Snow White being changed for the sake of being woke, I'm not spending my hard-earned money to see this," Anzel concluded before Webster and Dixon turned to Nickell-Turner.

After "wincing" at the other end of the panel, Nickell-Turner weighed in: "Let's think about it a bit more sensibly, perhaps."

She then offered up a few examples in which the Snow White story has been reimagined in the past before claiming the furore is just an excuse "to say woke a load of times".

"They haven't really changed the fundamental story, they've just reimagined it for a modern audience -" she added before Dixon cut her off: "What? No dwarfs and no Prince Charming."

Anzel also harped back before Nickell-Turner tried to cut back in and ask: "Why do you need the dwarfs?"


"What's offensive about the dwarfs?" Anzel argued back to which Nickell-Turner replied: "There's nothing offensive about the dwarfs!"

Nickell-Turner then irked Webster as she suggested stories that focus "solely on women (and) their only path in life being to find romance, then you kind of deny them of much (more) autonomy".

Webster interrupted: "But no one's going to Snow White to see a blueprint of how women should live, they're going for a story! And it's a traditional story!

"And you say why do we need the dwarfs... because it was called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!"

Dixon echoed Webster's furore as he weighed in: "They've still got magical creatures, they're not ignoring the dwarf aspect, they're replacing them with something different."

Nickell-Turner attempted to defend her argument by stating that if people "don't like" the new version, they can always go and watch the 1937 original.

Anzel accused Disney of "alienating" generations of people by rehashing their classic content in such a way, however.

Isabel Webster and Stephen Dixon

Isabel Webster and Stephen Dixon posed a number of arguments


As the argument veered toward Disney's attempts to make money, Nickell-Turner attempted to debunk the suggestion that Snow White could cost the company money as she pointed out the success of the solely female-directed box office smash, Barbie.

"To suggest something reframed through a feminist lens is not going to do well at the box office is potentially not going to be the case," she argued.

The clashes didn't stop there as Nickell-Turner clashed with Anzel and Webster by suggesting using the Princess of Wales wasn't the best example of a role model.

"When you mentioned Princess Kate it made me cringe inside, what do we know about Princess Kate apart from the fact that she found Prince William and lives this life of luxury depending solely on the person she partnered with," Nickell-Turner said.

"I see the point you're making," Dixon remarked. "But then that is looking at someone in one dimension, isn't it?"

As Nickell-Turner suggested the Princess keeps up an image of "perfection" by "keeping her mouth shut", Webster hit back: "Hang on a minute, that's a little unfair.

"The Princess of Wales has launched all of her early years foundations, she's made a big mark trying to use her voice.

"She's done a lot of charity work, she's a patron for a lot of charities, we've seen her making speeches and the like - it's not like she's a muted handmaid that breeds children!"

The debate drew to a close as Anzel argued Disney could make "new films" rather than ruining and rehashing originals.

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