Disney’s Minnie Mouse is temporarily trading in her iconic red-and-white polka dress for a blue pantsuit in honor of Disneyland Paris’ 30th anniversary. But that doesn’t sit well with some conservatives.
Political commentator Candace Owens appeared Wednesday (Jan. 26) on FOX News’ Jesse Watters Prime Time to give her two cents, calling Minnie’s wardrobe change a plot to “destroy fabrics of our society.”
"I am so glad they are doing this," Owens told Watters sarcastically. "Let me just tell you, Jesse, it goes back to what they did with the M&M's and now they are making her more masculine. I'm glad they are seeing that this needed to be addressed."
She added, "All of us were traumatized when we saw Minnie Mouse and she was looking like a female as we were growing up."
Owens’ comparison to the M&M’s is a reference to candymaker Mars’ recent decision to make its animated mascots act in more gender-neutral ways and to minimize traditional gender stereotypes.
Owens’ comments are in the video clip below.
Owens then claimed the outfit makeover was intended to distract people from the pressing issues of the day, including skyrocketing grocery prices.
"This is why people don't take these people seriously, they are taking all of these things that nobody was offended by and feel they have to get rid of them and destroy them.
"[This is] because they are bored, they are absolutely bored, they are trying to destroy the fabrics of our society pretending that there are issues.
"This is so everybody looks over here, look at Minnie Mouse, don't look at inflation, Jesse. Look at Minnie Mouse, the world is going forward because we have got her in a pantsuit.
"Nevermind that you can't get anything in the grocery store and you can't buy a piece of bacon unless you have got thirty dollars in your pocket, at least we are addressing the real problem which is Minnie Mouse."
The plan is for Minnie to sport a pantsuit during Women’s History Month.
"This new take on her signature polka dots makes Minnie Mouse a symbol of progress for a new generation. She will wear it in honor of Women's History Month, in March 2022. I can't wait for you to see this new look at Walt Disney Studios Park!" PEOPLE quoted designer Stella McCartney.