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Bizarre movie trailer with Demi Lovato is being accused of being anti-asexual

Bizarre movie trailer with Demi Lovato is being accused of being anti-asexual

The new movie Charming with Demi Lovato

People on Twitter are calling out a new animated movie starring the vocal talents of Demi Lovato as anti-asexual and aromantic.

Charming comes from the producers of Shrek and tells the story, not of a princess, but a prince who’s under a curse.

So what’s the curse? Well, Prince Charming compulsively proposes to every woman he meets and they, in turn, fall in love with him. When Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella all find themselves engaged to the same man, he sets out to break his curse by marrying his True Love.

(There’s also definitely a shot of Disney’s Belle from Beauty and the Beast in the trailer.)

That’s where Lovato’s character, Lenore, comes in. She’s a baker and seems to be a cross-dresser (disappointing people who wanted the character to be trans or genderqueer) and she’s ‘incapable of love’. IMDB further describes Lenore as being after Prince Charming’s money.

Oof.

A messy premise gets roasted

An extensive Twitter thread from user @AnaMardoll lays out the potential problems with a premise like this.

Namely, that Lenore seems primed to be a love interest and therefore her asexual/aromantic identity will be ‘fixed’ by falling in love with Prince Charming.

https://twitter.com/AnaMardoll/status/1018876863639273472

https://twitter.com/AnaMardoll/status/1018877622195924993

Xie further points out that aro and ace people can get married ‘for many reasons’ but isn’t sure, based on the trailer, this movie will do that justic.

https://twitter.com/AnaMardoll/status/1018879316577275904

Other people also pointed out other concerns.

Namely, the film’s treatment of characters of color.

https://twitter.com/GinnyLurcock/status/1018880767898935296

As well as John Cleese’s role.

There’s also the inherent heterocissexism that the Prince only proposes to (seemingly) cis, straight women.

Asexual and aromantic people are vastly underrepresented in media. People who identify as such wanting positive and authentic depictions of their identity is entirely valid.

Charming comes out in the US and UK later this year.

It features the voice cast of Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Sia, Avril Lavigne, Ashley Tisdale, G.E.M, and the aforementioned Cleese.

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