The Internet Already Hates Rachel Zegler Before New "Snow White" Release—Here's Why

Rachel Zegler has made it clear that she hates the original fairytale, claiming that the remake will portray Snow White as a hero, not a woman who is looking for love. But it seems people are tired of this feminist trope.

By Gina Florio3 min read
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Disney is remaking the iconic 1937 animated classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, into a live-action feature. The original tale by the Brothers Grimm debuted in 1812, with Disney's animated adaptation marking the first of its kind for the studio. Walt Disney Pictures announced the live-action remake in October 2016. As per the 2022 D23 Expo Presentation, the release date is set for March 22, 2024. While some Disney remakes premiered on Disney+, Snow White will have a theatrical release. Footage was teased at D23 in September 2022, but no official trailer has been released.

The new adaptation will offer a so-called modern take. The movie title has been shortened to Snow White, and the portrayal of the seven dwarfs will change to avoid potential biases from the original. Rachel Zegler, who played Maria in West Side Story and earned a Golden Globe for it, will star as Snow White. Gal Gadot, known for her role as Wonder Woman, will play the Evil Queen. Andrew Burnap, a Tony-winning actor, joins the cast as a new character named Jonathan, while Martin Klebba, familiar from Pirates of the Caribbean, will play Grumpy. The plot and character changes indicate a very different perspective on the classic tale, and this is something that Zegler won't let anyone forget.

The Internet Already Hates Rachel Zegler Before New Snow White Release

Several videos have gone viral on social media featuring Zegler promoting the film, and people are taken aback by how much she seems to hate the princess she has been hired to play. In a 2022 interview with Entertainment Weekly, she claimed that she was scared of the fairytale and didn't like the original movie either.

"I watched it once, and then I went on the ride in Disney World, which was called 'Snow White's Scary Adventures.' I was terrified of it, never revisited Snow White again," she recalled. She added that she only went back to rewatch it recently while she was working on the film.

In another interview with Extra TV, she lamented the fact that the cartoon first came out in 1937. "There's a big focus on her love story with a guy who literally stalks her. Weird! Weird," she says. "So we didn't do that this time." She mentioned that Andrew Burnap is cast as Prince Charming, but joked that his scenes might be cut. "It's Hollywood, baby," she tried to joke.

"She's not going to be saved by the prince," she claimed in another interview, alongside Gadot. "She's not going to be dreaming about true love, she's dreaming about becoming the leader she knows she can be." In yet another clip, she arrogantly demanded to be paid for every hour the movie is streamed online if she has to stand in a princess dress for 18 hours in a day.

The backlash has been rolling in heavily over the last several days. People are not amused by Zegler's antics, and they're turned off by her tired feminist lines, conceited attitude, and condescending tone. In fact, many people are hoping that the movie fails just so Zegler gets to crash and burn along with it.

Some TikTokers have mashed together various interviews to show that Zegler has a penchant for lying about her feelings for Snow White. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she said she loves going on the Snow White ride at Disney World and is often stopped now for pictures with fans because she is the new Snow White. There is even a clip of her on the ride screaming, "I'm Snow White!" Then the camera cuts to her interview with Gadot where she claims that she was scared of the ride and never went back after she was a child. People are starting to wonder what the truth is.

Some TikTokers have guessed that she is just trying to be quirky and funny in her interviews, but it just isn't landing. Plus, she has a musical theater background, so she has a habit of being dramatic and going over the top with her interviews. Regardless of what her intention or background may be, people are fed up with her. The comment sections on TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram indicate that they don't like her attitude and have no interest in seeing her play the Disney princess on the big screen.

"I am going to root against this Snow White movie like it’s the Dallas Cowboys," @TomScibelli tweeted.

"This movie bout to get Bud Lighted," someone replied in the comments.

"I would love nothing more than the see the career of this young trainwreck tank into oblivion so that we never have to see her face again, and then watch the movie tank so hard that Disney loses TONS of money on it. That would be gratifying," another person said.

"Disney has made PLENTY of movies with strong female lead characters. Moana, Raspunzel, Brave, Princess and the frog etc. Why the hell are they changing Snow White. Woke and broke," someone else said.

Zegler has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime: to play an iconic Disney princess. This is something that millions of girls can only dream of and would give anything to have. They would love to have the chance to wear princess dresses, do photo shoots as Snow White, and be portrayed as one of the most beloved protagonists of a classic fairytale. But instead of reveling in the weight of this opportunity and expressing gratitude, Zegler is crapping on it every chance she gets. We've never seen an actress hate the Disney princess that she was hired to play in a remake. Halle Bailey, who played Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, made it clear from the very beginning that she always loved the character and dreamed of being her one day. Even though many fans weren't exactly thrilled with the rewriting of parts of the story and the desperately woke move to make Ariel black, at least Bailey was grateful for the opportunity and expressed nothing but excitement and joy.

Zegler, on the other hand, drips with sarcasm and disdain every time she is asked about her role as Snow White. It's an accurate representation of what Gen Z has largely become –
entitled and spoiled and obsessed with retroactively placing the woke lens on everything of the past in order to make it sound terrible. Anything that is old is considered bad, which is why Zegler is hell-bent on making the original fairytale seem oppressive and unattractive. At this point, you have to assume that Disney reached out and told her to cool it with the anti-princess rhetoric, but who knows? Maybe they're doubling down on the feminist trope that most people have become so tired of. It wouldn't be the first time.

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