Keira Knightley Has Banned Her Daughter From Watching ‘Cinderella’ And ‘The Little Mermaid’

Keira Knightly has made a career out of playing strong female characters. Her most recent film, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, is no exception. Knightly sat down with Ellen to talk about the film and her experiences as a mother. Knightly has a three-year-old daughter, Edie, who has a big imagination and some serious life goals. She used to want to be a dentist, but her current ambition is to grow up to be a lion. Knightly said she was more comfortable with the dentist thing since it was a stable career. 

However, Knightly is nothing if not a supportive mom, so she readily admitted that Edie’s got the talent to pull off that lion gig: 

 Now she wants to a be a lion, which I think is slightly more problematic, but she roars very well! 

Knightly talked about the challenges of raising a strong willed little girl, and the sacrifices that she’s made to do it. Of course this is Ellen, so we’re not talking about major sacrifices here, just the adorable ones we all make. Keira has decided that part of raising a strong girl is being very careful about the media that her daughter has access to. She aims to be sure that the female characters Edie sees are strong ones who make solid decisions. That means certain beloved films don’t make the cut. 

Keira explained that Cinderella and The Little Mermaid are both banned for now. 

Cinderella? Banned. Because, you know, she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t! Rescue yourself, obviously.  This is the one that I’m quite annoyed about because I really like the film, but ‘The Little Mermaid.’ I mean, the songs are great but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello?! 

Her reasoning is solid, but giving up the smooth Caribbean rhythms of Sebastian the Crab is a big ask. We understand why Knightly is bummed about that one. Edie’s not totally missing out on the jam fest, though. According to Keira, one of her current favorite films is Moana – and that soundtrack is undeniably amazing. 

Edie being so young means she’s likely to miss out on some of the nuances that mom is worried about, so there’s a chance the film may be allowed when she’s older and the pair can talk about the movies. Also, the sequels and cartoons do totally show Ariel regretting her decision to leave her family, friends, and home when she was just a brash teenager – and eventually finding a way to reconcile her two worlds. But again, Edie’s only three, so maybe sticking to Moana for now is a better idea. 

Twitter isn’t sure banning films is a good idea, though. Or maybe everyone just really likes The Little Mermaid

You can watch the full segment here: 

So what have we learned today? Apparently people still really, REALLY, love The Little Mermaid.

H/T: Youtube, Twitter, Huffpost