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Florida High School Requires Permission Slip for ‘Tangled’ Screening

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In a fascinating glimpse into the ever-evolving landscape of Disney movie censorship, it was recently reported that a high school in Florida took the unexpected step of requiring permission slips for students to watch the beloved Disney film, Tangled. This decision by the school authorities has sparked a wave of discussions and debates surrounding the boundaries and limitations of content that is deemed suitable for young audiences.

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Permission Slips See Huge Influx in Florida

The school’s requirement for permission slips sheds light on the challenges faced by educators and parents alike when it comes to determining what movies are appropriate for students to watch. Disney’s Tangled, a charming animated film that follows the magical adventures of Rapunzel, might not appear to be a controversial choice at first glance.

It is no secret that the Florida school systems have added quite a few restrictions in the past few years. Thanks to the “Parental Rights in Education Law,” Parents are now reporting an incredibly high number of permission slips being sent home in Florida. The permission slips are meant to inform the parents of any media their children could be consuming, but many parents are finding the level or censorship to be extreme. While it is one thing to ask for permission to view a rated R film, it’s quite another to request one for a PG film like Tangled. 

It is important to recognize that while Disney movies are generally associated with family-friendly entertainment, they are not immune to scrutiny and potential censorship. For many varying reasons, fans could find offense to the animated content that Disney produces.

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A “Tangled” Issue

Censorship in the education system has been a longstanding topic of debate, with opposing viewpoints arguing the importance of striking a balance between freedom of expression and protecting the sensibilities of students.

This incident also raises questions about the role of media in shaping young minds and influencing their perceptions. As society becomes increasingly conscious of representations in film and the impact they can have on diverse audiences, it is unsurprising that educators and parents are becoming more vigilant in curating the content students are exposed to.

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Moreover, this incident involving Tangled is undoubtedly not an isolated occurrence. Disney, with its vast repertoire of beloved and iconic movies, has faced controversies and criticisms regarding the content and messages portrayed in their films. From debates surrounding cultural stereotypes to LGBTQ+ representation, Disney’s movies have often found themselves at the center of discussions on the influence of media on young minds.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

2 comments

  1. So, what was the stated reason for the permission slip being required? Holiday the school demand it? The district? A single teacher choosing to play it safe?

    This reporting left a lot unreported, without so much as a “we reached out for comments, but they have yet to respond as of the time of publication”

  2. I can’t fault the schools for covering themselves agniast frivolous lawsuits I have no doubt there are “helicopter parents” who would not give permission to watch even a G-Rated film. Unfortunately our poorly written laws don’t make any distinction between a 6-year-old, a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old. They all come under the umbrella of “minor” and are treated the same.

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