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Skinny Minnie Mouse Ad: Celebrities Speak Out Against Barneys Campaign

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The skinny Minnie Mouse ads planned for this holiday season have prompted a number of celebrities to speak out against the campaign. According to TV Guide, Virginia Madsen, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Disney heir Abigail Disney have decided to speak out against Barneys proposed window display.

“There is nothing wrong with tall thin women. 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,” writer Ragen Chastain explained in the petition. Presently, over 125,000 individuals believe that Barneys New York should alter their ad campaign.

“That little girl who is going to become a 5’4, size 12 woman can’t just become a 5’11, size 0 woman when she wants to fit into a dress that was designed by someone who couldn’t be bothered to make a dress that looks good on someone who is not a model,” Chastain added.

Jezebel explains that the Barneys New York display, dubbed Electric Holiday, would feature a number of famous Disney characters re-imagined as very tall, very skinny fashion models. In addition to Minnie Mouse, the display includes such notable cartoon favorites as Goofy and Daisy Duck.

“Girls have enough pressure to be thin, now the beloved Disney mouse of their childhood has to add to the message that the only good body is a tall, size 0 body? Enough already. Let’s give girls a chance to celebrate the actual bodies they have instead hating them for not fitting into a Lanvin dress,” Chastain said.

To show their support, Virginia Madsen, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Abigail Disney took their case to Twitter, posting links to the petition. However, it’s unclear whether or not the retailer intends to cancel their controversial advertisements.

Do you think the Skinny Minnie Mouse window display is inappropriate?

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9 Responses to “Skinny Minnie Mouse Ad: Celebrities Speak Out Against Barneys Campaign”

  1. Charlotte A. Pope

    Leave the Disney Characters out of it….Put your clothes on HANGERS!

  2. Patricia Badovinac

    This is insane I'm so tired of hearing and seeing ads that depict the idea of being skinny. I agree to most of what what was said regarding the unrealistic concepts that everyone should look like a runway model. I am 5'10' and I have nerver been nor will I ever be a size "0" the smallest I ever been was a size "9" and at that size I had hip bones pertrude. I would pull the labels out of my clothes simply for the fact that if I looked healthy why did anyone need to see my clothing size. The answer is no one but me. Society should be more concerned with overall health and not weight. Remember muscle weighs more than fat so skinny doesn't mean healthy. I push for moderation not thin not fat for the best life style but ataining that goal is not that easy.

  3. Lysa De Thomas

    I'm 5 feet tall and once in my life managed to be a size 0. How did I do it? By not eating for days straight and then binging and purging when I couldn't stand the hunger pains any longer. What was the results? Well, I was still told that my thighs were huge and my butt was the size of Texas. Worse yet is the fact that 30 years later my metabolism is messed up, my back teeth needed reconstruction, and I'm petrified to do a bone mass test. There are those of us, in fact most of us, who will NEVER be a 5'11'' size 0 and that is not a character flaw. Our young girls need to know that beauty comes in all sizes and shapes.

  4. Brianca Provoid

    1 there are more important issues in the world then skinny minnie. 2 If young girls try to look like the women in magazines then their parents aren't doing their job. My mother told me that you can never look like the women in magazines, no matter how much you exercise or how much plastic surgery you get because they are fake.

  5. Thisperson Onthescreen

    I think everyone needs to step into reality, and out of this fantisy world where a skinny cartoon is an issue.. if that's an issue to you.. I jus plain feel sorry for you..

  6. John Hass

    When i moved from California to Tennessee, the first thing i noticed was that most folks around here aren't hung up on having the "beautiful" body. …and they are alot friendlier and happier! Go figure!

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