Box Office Bandaid? 'Snow White' Actress Now Hails Original 1937 Film As 'Monumental' Amid Rumored Disney Worries

Brittany M. Hughes | December 11, 2023
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“Snow White” actress and resident feminist banshee Rachel Zegler fired back at critics who’ve blasted her for her obnoxious diatribes against the original 1937 animated film, saying the whole thing has made her feel like “teflon.”

"It started to make me feel like solid teflon," Zegler said to “The Little Mermaid” actress Halle Bailey during Variety’s latest "Actors on Actors" interview series.

“Choosing thankfulness and gratefulness is choosing peace, and as much as you’d like to remind people verbally that being in the spotlight doesn’t absolve you of your humanity, that you’re allowed to have human moments, it doesn’t necessarily do what you want it to do and it fuels them more,” she went on.

Those “human moments” included more than a few potshots at the original “Snow White” film that loosely serves as the basis for Disney’s upcoming live action remake - a new take on the beloved classic that will instead feature a not-so-white feminist heroine, seven Magical People of Random Genders and Sizes rather than dwarves, and a prince who, according to Zeigler, will serve as a borderline unnecessary footnote to the film’s Women Power agenda.

Related: Disney's Latest Film Tanks At the Box Office As the House of Mouse Crumbles

Interestingly, while Zegler insists she's brushing off the haters like lint, when it comes to her comments on the original film - a movie she once blasted as a "weird" and "outdated" misogynistic trope with a stalker for a hero - Zegler appeared to do an about-face, now telling Bailey that the original film was "a monumental moment in film history."

"It's the first feature-length cartoon movie to the point where it won honorary Oscars, and all these amazing things that happened to that film are the reason that you and I get to sit here to day, because it made Disney what it is," Zegler gushed about the movie - the same one that about five minutes ago she was smearing as a sexist relic.

And it's not hard to speculate why. In late October, news broke that Disney, fresh off a terrible year of box office bombs and declining streaming service subscriptions, is bumping the release of its live-action “Snow White” remake back an entire year.According to the Daily Mail, which cited an unnamed “insider” familiar with the company’s decision, Disney pushed back the film’s release over fears of a “financial disaster.” 

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