A Little Sex In The Hair?

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Once again, some peo­ple are look­ing for– and find­ing– secret mes­sages in Dis­ney car­toons, this time in the pro­mo­tional mate­r­ial for Tan­gled.

Because of it’s clean-cut, safe-for-children image, Dis­ney has often been a tar­get of groups look­ing for sex­ual con­tent in Disney’s films and theme parks.

So here is the image in ques­tion. Take a look, see what you think. Any­thing sex­ual here? Any secret writ­ing, or any­thing you might feel uncom­fort­able hav­ing your chil­dren see?

Tangled Promo Image

Tan­gled Promo Image

Pre­vi­ously, we have seen accu­sa­tions of the let­ters S-E-X in a cloud of dust in The Lion King (actu­ally, prob­a­bly there, but spelling SFX instead), naked women in a win­dow in The Res­cuers (yup, that was there, but not in home release!), fleet­ing glimpses of Jes­sica Rabbit’s under­wear in Who Framed Roger Rab­bit, and, prob­a­bly the most infa­mous of all, The Lit­tle Mer­maid with phallicly-shaped tow­ers, excited priests and a few other pos­si­ble transgressions.

Some of these urban leg­ends, like Aladdin telling Jas­mine to “take off her clothes” are obvi­ously the prod­uct of over­ac­tive imag­i­na­tions. Oth­ers, like the Lion King dust cloud, are there, but mis­con­strued. And some– like The Res­cuers top­less woman– there is no deny­ing; it is there.

The image from Tan­gled is alleged to show the word “sex” sub­lim­i­nally. Take a look again…can you see it?

Now, here it is traced out:

Tangled Sex

Tan­gled Sex

You can’t miss that… but is it inten­tional, that is the real ques­tion. Or is this someone’s over­ac­tive imag­i­na­tion. But per­haps the greater ques­tion is why? Why would Dis­ney– or an artist there– inten­tion­ally put the word sex into an ad. It seems to serve no pur­pose other than add to the great Dis­ney Sex Conspiracy…

Let us know what you think!

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