I can’t believe this is real, but also yes I can. This is the world we live in.
A new study has found that “children’s films are increasing the stigma around skin conditions because villains are often bald or have scars or wrinkles.”
They actually felt like we needed to study this.
A study found giving the good guys blemish-free skin and bad guys skin problems in animated movies reinforces negative stereotypes, affecting how people feel about their own skin.
The study analysed characters from 50 of the highest-grossing animated films, most of which were made since 2000.
Three quarters of bad characters such as Darla, the cruel dentist’s daughter in Finding Nemo, and Jafar in Aladdin, have skin issues such as freckles or eye bags.
Good characters like Mr and Mrs Incredible, Rapunzel and Moana, however, are more likely to have perfect skin and only 26 per cent of them have problems.
The scientists also found skin issues on characters who are supposed to look bad but are good on the inside, such as Shrek and Gru in Despicable Me.
They say the portrayal of skin problems in films could distress people who do not live up to the unrealistic ideals.
We’re talking about CARTOONS. I watched all sorts of cartoons growing up, and I didn’t grow up believing that bald people, wrinkly people or people with weird hair were “villains,” nor did I decide that imperfections were undesirable solely because villains had them. That’s absurd.
Researchers at the University of Texas found 76.5 per cent of villainous characters or those with negative associations have what the authors call dermatologic findings, compared to 25.9 per cent of the characters meant to appear good.
Dermatologic findings in the study include scars, baldness, wrinkles, moles, eye bags or darkness round the eyes, and freckles.
One researcher, Professor Michael Ryan said: ‘The depiction of skin issues in movies and its association with evil over good could be a factor contributing to the stigma of skin disease.
‘By repeatedly portraying protagonists as characters with flawless skin, there is the potential to cause distress in those whose appearance does not fit this unrealistic ideal.
GROW THE EFF UP SNOWFLAKES. OMG. Are people really getting “triggered” by “negative skin stereotypes” in children’s movies?
‘Real life examples of this can be seen in dermatology clinics where cosmetic treatments are performed to remove harmless moles, eliminate wrinkles, and alter many of the natural skin changes that develop with age and solar exposure.
For crying out loud. We don’t dislike those skin issues because they’re associated with villains. We dislike them because AGING SUCKS. Most people (especially women) don’t want wrinkles. It has nothing to do with villains in children’s movies. There’s no connection there. It doesn’t change society’s outlook on aging or skin imperfections. I can’t believe that requires explaining.
What’s more, Daily Mail has an entire chart identifying the “skin abnormalities” spotted on characters in children’s movies. Yes, really. Here’s a snippet.
You can see the rest of the ridiculous chart here.
The truth? This isn’t an actual problem. This is “progressives” trying to stir up controversy by addressing a nonexistent issue. It’s what they do best.
h/t Daily Mail