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Snow White and the Huntsman: Female characters engaging in stereo-typically male activities

HollywoodNews.com: “Why is this okay?” It was a random thought that I had while watching the final twenty minutes of Snow White and the Huntsman.

I suppose I should put a spoiler warning, but if you’ve seen even a single commercial or trailer you know that during the third act Snow White dons a suit of armor and rides into battle on horseback. It’s not that I took any offense at the notion, but I sat in the theater last night wondering why this kind of revisionism was completely acceptable for Snow White but not for James Bond.

Simply put, if someone tried to make an ‘Elseworlds’ version of James Bond where he was a British (or American?) spy during the 1880s and engaged in action-fueled espionage in a wild-west setting, I’d imagine the film punditry world would be in a tizzy. And let’s not even try to imagine what would happen if someone tried to make a Superman movie where Krypton didn’t explode, Lex Luthor was a CIA agent who was actually an alien, and Superman wore a spacesuit from which he received most of his powers, because J.J. Abrams wrote wrote just such a script that sent the Internet into pandemonium back in 2003.

The geek community (and arguably the mainstream media outlets in a desperate attempt to be ‘down’ with the geeks) explodes with outrage at any alleged deviation from their beloved source material. Spider-Man has organic web shooters… horror! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might actually be from outer-space in their next movie… shock! James Bond drinks a beer Skyfall… gasp! But Alice (in Wonderland) dons armor and kills a dragon and no one cares. Snow White dons armor and rides on horseback into a medieval battle scenario and no one cares.

To read more go to Mendelson’s Memos

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