We try to teach our kids to accept everyone — themselves included — as they are, but movies and TV shows often challenge this life lesson. In the newest Scooby-Doo movie, Frankencreepy, a villain curses Daphne by taking away what she holds most dear — her good looks and feminine physique. The drastic weight gain leaves Daphne crying, disgusted, and unable to look in the mirror. Needless to say, this story line has upset many parents, including Tom Burns of The Good Men Project. On his blog, he writes:
"It's sad to think that my daughter can't even watch a cartoon about a dog solving mysteries without negative body stereotypes being thrown in her face . . . Why not have her cursed to look like one of the classic Scooby monsters (The Creeper or the Space Kook)? Why not cover her in hair and fangs and turn her into a wolf-girl? Why not give her a third eye, green skin, a tail . . . why not really make her terrible to look at? (In the most kid-friendly way possible, of course.)"
To see what the Scooby-Doo creators have to say about the story line, read the full story on Huffington Post.