In The Little Mermaid, Ariel went through a lot to satiate her curiosity and get her man–she hung out with a witch, disobeyed her pops, went temporarily mute, and almost got her pal Sebastian killed. But we don’t recall her undergoing any plastic surgery, do you? A new ad for a plastic surgeon remembers The Little Mermaid pretty differently.
An ad for Clinica Dempere, a plastic surgery center in Venezuela, is rewriting one of our fave Disney cartoons ever in hopes of selling women and girls perfection. The picture shows Ariel swimming away from Ursula–who, somewhat similar to her new doll form, is slimmed down here–and to a plastic surgery office instead, where she emerges with legs, black pumps, and what looks like implants (her boobs are massive!), a brow lift and lip injections, because her mouth is wider than we’ve ever seen it.
Unlike normal fairy tale transformations, which are usually quick and painless and magical, plastic surgery involves recovery time, potential for complications, blood, knives, bruising–nothing too pretty, and in fact, a lot of pretty scary stuff that’s more likely to be in a Saw installment than a Disney flick. Plus, even in Disney cartoon terms, this dramatic change raises some questions: How did Ariel get to the office without legs? Wouldn’t the doctors have sold the rights to something so strange to TLC for a reality series? Would Prince Eric even recognize her anymore? What would Scuttle think?
We get that Clinica Dempere is probably gunning for cheeky and funny, but this just sends a bad message to really young girls that even the unrealistic beauty standards presented by Disney princesses–who more often than not are merely 16 years old–aren’t even good enough. Using cartoons is a way to lure in youngsters, and that’s shady. That and we just really think The Little Mermaid heroine looked better before. They aged her about 20 years!
If you’re into plastic surgery, dude–more power to you if it makes you feel more confident. It’s your body! But can we all agree that Ariel basically went from The Little Mermaid to Big Ang With a Red Wig? This is a travesty. That poor, unfortunate soul!
Do you think Ariel looked better before going under the knife? Do you think giving The Little Mermaid plastic surgery sends the wrong message to young girls? Have you ever considered plastic surgery? Tell us in the comments!