And while the department store acknowledged the fact that people were indeed disgusted by Minnie's Electric Holiday campaign makeover, they don't mean any harm by it.
In a joint statement, Barneys and Disney said:
"We are saddened that activists have repeatedly tried to distort a lighthearted holiday project in order to draw media attention to themselves. They have deliberately ignored previously released information clearly stating this promotion is a three-minute ‘moving art’ video featuring traditional Minnie Mouse in a dreamlike sequence set in Paris where she briefly walks the runway as a model and then happily awakens as her normal self wearing the very same designer dress from the fashion show."
Only thing is, a few months ago, the retailer's creative director, Dennis Freedman shared his on thoughts on the mouse and what would work best for the campaign:
"The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress. There was a real moment of silence, because these characters don't change. I said, 'If we're going to make this work, we have to have a 5-foot-11 Minnie,' and [the animators] agreed. When you see Goofy, Minnie and Mickey, they are runway models."
Even if it is a dream, the association between a model and being skinny is still visually represented, so why not make her look normal?