A new film titled Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs from South Korean animation company Locus Creative Studios was slated to come to the United States, with a voice performance by actress Chloe Grace Moretz. But ads for the film that recently appeared in Cannes are infuriating people, as they seem to equate beauty with being thin and tall.
Plus-size model and all-around bastion of body-positivity Tess Holliday tweeted pics of the offending ads on Tuesday, asking how they made it beyond the marketing team:
On the company's website, the story is slated as a moral tale, explaining that the "seven handsome princes" were transformed into "seven ugly dwarfs" because a curse is punishing them for being "disrespectful" to other people. Their quest? To get a kiss from the most beautiful princess in the land!
The "twist" is that the woman considered the most beautiful in the land gets shorter and heavier when she removes her red shoes. And judging from some of the trailers, that's not the only weird thing about it.
Like in this one, when a dwarf lustfully grabs the sleeping woman's shoes, and slams her violently on the ground as she's unconscious:
Here, they perv out on her while she walks around in underwear:
Tess Holliday wasn't the only person who noticed the ads that read, "What if Snow White was no longer beautiful and the 7 dwarfs not so short?" What if, indeed. What if Belle were ugly and the Beast wasn't a beast? What if Sleeping Beauty was awake? These are the questions that keep me up at night.
But at least one huge Chloe Moretz fan is waiting to form their own opinion, and perhaps shell out fifteen bucks for this movie:
Moretz has started responding to the controversy on Twitter, writing, "I have now fully reviewed the mkting for Red Shoes, I am just as appalled and angry as everyone else, this wasn't approved by me or my team." But she insists the story isn't what it looks like:
I have now fully reviewed the mkting for Red Shoes, I am just as appalled and angry as everyone else, this wasn't approved by me or my team— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) May 31, 2017
I guess if you really want to know, you have to go see it. But beware: you may just be giving money to something that's as bad as it looks.
When I moved across the country a couple of months ago, I was trying to find a short-term place to stay while I looked around for an apartment to make my home. I've gone through my share of shady sublets, and was so worried I wouldn't land a spot that I started looking for one to book months in advance. On my first day of browsing, I came across a gorgeous and affordable one-bedroom in a really convenient location, but was super skeptical of the post because of how traumatized I am from my previous experiences.
I've dealt with creeps who ask for a cash deposit then claim they're in the hospital on the exact same day they're supposed to meet me for the keys. I've had people cancel my reservation once I've already landed in their city... Needless to say, I'm a seasoned subletter. When I found this lovely one-bedroom on Craigslist, I was sure the listing was too good to be true. So I took a proactively defensive stance when I reached out via email. I asked for boring specifications on the apartment and went over payment details with exhaustive thoroughness. I even asked if a friend could stop by to make sure there were no secret squatter tenants, or anything sketchy like that. Then, I got an email back.
TWIST: I recognized the address from the gushing fan mail I had sent it years ago. The apartment belonged to my favorite living writer and here I was, casually emailing with her directly. Flash forward a few months and we're friendly and occasionally email each other or meet for coffee to catch up. And that's how my nightmare sublet search turned into a friendship with one of the best and most famous writers of our time.
I live for real-life plot twists like this. They keep us on our toes while we cruise through this journey of life. Which is why when u/whytho37 asked Reddit to share their most insane plot twists, the results were incredible.
Scroll down for twists so good, you wouldn't believe they actually happened if you saw them in a film.