Actress Keira Knightley Regulates Princess Movies for Three-Year-Old Daughter
By Tess Farrand, Staff Writer
Keira Knightley (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN) mentioned to USA Today that she doesn’t allow her 3-year-old daughter, Edie, to watch some popular princess movies like CINDERELLA or THE LITTLE MERMAID. In Knightley’s statement, the actress noted, “I’m being very careful about fairy tales with my kid because I don’t like the message that a lot of them have.” Whether you agree with her choice or not, Knightley is putting into practice the discipline of discernment.
Knightley’s ability to call out nuances in movies is actually a positive. It shows that she won’t allow her child’s upbringing to be manipulated by the ebb and flow of Hollywood ideology. Movieguide® is all about discernment. We often use the catchphrase, “know before you go,” because we want our to equip our readers to be discerning. Knightley, like many of you readers, aspires to raise her child with strength and optimism rather than in some fantasy sphere that years later, would prompt a rude awakening.
This isn’t to say that fairytales and make believe is bad. On the contrary, it’s important for the youth to dream and build up their creativity through fantasy. Knightley knows this. She still allows some princess movies like FROZEN because they promote a healthy body image as well as stress the value of sisterhood.
As an adult, when you watch a movie you enjoyed as a child, you pick up on many hidden jokes that may be geared towards adults. SHERK is a great example of a fantasy movie that does this. SMALLFOOT and ZOOTOPIA also foster hidden themes that youngsters would otherwise overlook. Part of discernment as a parent is know if this joke or theme will go over your child’s head or if any subject matter is cause for concern.
Discernment is evidence of mature thought and using critical thinking to broaden your awareness. In essence, discernment helps to combat the notion that “ignorance is bliss.” The Meriam Webster dictionary defines discernment as “the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure: skill in discerning.” But, discernment is also a key idea in Christianity.
The Apostle Paul highlights this in the New Testament, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” – 1 Cor. 2:14 (NIV)
Devoid of discernment, we are subject to worldviews contrary to biblical thought. Instead, by practicing discernment we “take every thought captive,” and foster a posture of Godly living for others to see. Discernment is a form of witnessing because we hold fast to out convictions and the truth of Christ.
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