Actress Virginia Madsen, “True Blood” star Kristin Bauer, and documentary filmmaker and Disney heir Abigail Disney are among those speaking out against Barneys New York’s holiday campaign, which features an overly skinny Minnie Mouse.
In addition to celebrities’ tweeted protests, more than 130,000 people have signed a Change.org petition as of Monday (Oct. 22) afternoon asking Barney’s to “Leave Minnie Mouse Alone” and ditch the campaign
“Barneys plans to dramatically alter Minnie Mouse’s body – making her a 5’11 size 0 in order to ‘look good’ in a Lanvin dress in the Barneys NYC window this holiday season,” Ragen Chastain, a blogger and dance teacher who spearheaded the petition, writes. “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.”
She continues, “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.”
No word as to whether Barneys plans to alter the campaign, which is scheduled to launch Nov. 14.