I was reading a post by one of the funniest bloggers I’ve ever come across. Jenny the Bloggess wondered what was the deal with Snow White and the Evil Witch.
This off course led me to wonder about all those wonderful Fairytales we grew up with, as well as all those sitcom’s from the 70’s. When one breaks down the story of any of these fairytales or shows they are actually very disturbing. Not to mention the actual original stories.
Snow White wonders in the dark and scary forest. She breaks into a house where dwarves live. She’s stalked by a crazy old witch with vanity issues. And the underlying theme to all this crap is the woman must be saved by a man. Yeah okay.
Sleeping Beauty is torn from her parents home when she’s cursed to die by Maleficent because she wasn’t invited to the party. She lives a happy life with her three odd “aunties” in the woods and is in some kind of witness relocation program because they changed her name from Aurora to Briar Rose. She longs to find a man to love and just happens to stumble upon a prince. On her 16th birthday she is told her entire life is lie and she’s going home to live with people she doesn’t even know and oh…your a princess not a pauper. Her long lost parents throw her a grand party where again…Maleficent, who wasn’t invited again, tries to lure the young maiden to her “death” not knowing Meriweather used her last gift to thwart the whole death thing and instead Briar…um Aurora would just fall asleep. Blah, Blah, Blah the prince who was ogling her in the woods finds Aurora asleep and defeats the Evil Maleficent who by now is a fire breathing dragon and rushes to his latest crush and kisses her thus saving the day. Yeah why couldn’t it be Aurora that saves the Prince? I’ll tell you why…because a man wrote the story.
Hansel and Gretel shove the old hag in an oven claiming self defense. Please they defaced private property when they ate part of her house! Cinderella was an indentured servant to her own family. And hello she talked to rodents…yikes.
How about the TV Sitcoms from the 70’s? Yeah, Courtship of Eddie’s Father…Widower, Shirley Partridge, Widow, Carol and Mike Brady, Widow & Widower, Tom Bradford, Widower. Gloria from All in the Family’s father was a blue collar racist. Sure these shows were cute and funny…who could forget the time Tiger was stealing the family’s belongings and stashing them in his dog house on The Brady Bunch…but they were still funny and cute even though the underlying story was sad and tragic.
Thank goodness for Jim Rockford…that guy was the bomb!