Barneys’ Slimmed-Down Minnie Sparks Massive Online Petition
For the holiday season, Barneys and Disney teamed up on what sounded like a cool collaboration — our favorite animated characters were getting all gussied up in fashionable wares for a short 3D film. But Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, and others got more than just the high-fashion treatment — they all went on a digital diet.
Minnie wearing a Lanvin dress is pretty chic, but a 5’11, size 0 Minnie wearing a Lanvin dress? Not so much. The end result is pretty creepy, and got many of you guys really riled up. Now, Change.org is hoping to put an end to stick-thin Minnie with a petition to Barneys.
California blogger and dancer Ragen Chastain started the petition, and as of this post’s publication time, over 50,000 people have signed. The petition highlights the increase in hospitalizations for eating disorders for children younger than 12, and that:
“There is something wrong with changing a beloved children’s character’s body so that it looks good in a dress that almost nobody looks good in – adding to the tremendous pressure on young girls and women to attain photoshop perfection. The problem isn’t with Minnie’s body, it’s with a dress that only looks good on a woman who is 5’11 and a size zero.”
Head on over to Change.org for more about the petition, and tell us what you think about Minnie 2.0.