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'West Side Story' Star Rachel Zegler Defends 'Snow White' Remake After Accusations It's Too 'PC'

Zegler defended the live-action remake's attempt at contemporizing the 85-year-old cartoon for a modern audience.

'West Side Story' Star Rachel Zegler Defends 'Snow White' Remake After Accusations It's Too 'PC'
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Actor Rachel Zegler recently sat down with Vanity Fair to discuss her recent success as well as upcoming projects.

Zegler most recently starred as Maria in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film adaptation of West Side Story, and over the course of the next two years, we will see her in leading roles in 2024's Snow White as well as in the Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods out next year.

In her interview with Vanity Fair, Zegler addressed criticism Snow White has received due to its being "too PC."

"People are making these jokes about ours being the PC Snow White, where it's like, yeah, it is-because it needed that."
"It's an 85-year-old cartoon, and our version is a refreshing story about a young woman who has a function beyond 'Someday My Prince Will Come.'"

Unfortunately, her attempt to clarify summoned even more discourse, with many wondering why finding true love is seen as a negative aspect of the original film.

Many are also wondering if the film should even be named Snow White given the changes to vital pieces of the original narrative.

Snow White has also received criticism from actor Peter Dinklage who calls out the one-sided progressivism of the film on a recent WTF podcast.

"Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White-but you're still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
"Take a step back and look at what you're doing there. It makes no sense to me."
"You're progressive in one way, but you're still making that f*cking backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together?"

In response, a representative from Disney stated:

"To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community."
"We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period."