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How A Porn Star Forced Disney To Change This Movie's Name

Modern Disney Princesses are increasingly illustrating that young girls can be anything they want to be...

Strong and independent... Nurturing and kind... 

An inventor like Belle in Beauty and The Beast (or at least that will be her profession in the upcoming live action remake) or a warrior like Mulan. 

Encouraging women that they can be combination of wife, lover, mother, aunt, sister, friend. 

But a porn star? That's probably best left to an older audience. 

The newest Disney Princess Moana has been forced to change her name in Italy (and other parts of Europe) to avoid movie-goers from confusing her with the country's biggest porn star Moana Pozzi. 

Moana is the story of a 16-year-old Polynesian navigator who takes to the sea in search of demigod Maui. 

But in Italy the Disney movie will instead by titled Oceania and instead of Moana, she will be named Vaiana - which is a Tahitian name that when translated means 'water from the cave'. 

We think that probably is more suitable, given the family-oriented audience!

How much of a household name does a porn star have to be to completely change a Disney movie, you ask?

So revered is the late Pozzi that she has been compared to Marilyn Monroe in terms of her fame and popularity. 

On top of starring in hundreds of pornographic films, she also founded her own political party that provided a voice for both sex workers advocating for their health and safety.

But also rallying for better safe sex education in schools. 

She released an autobiography in 1991 detailing some of her sexual conquests (which included Robert De Niro), while Pozzi also (unsuccessfully) ran for the position of the Mayor of Rome in 1992. 

The original Moana died in 1994, aged 33 after being ill for some time. 

The New York Times described Moana in a 2004 article as 'Italy's most revered porn star'.

"Stunningly beautiful with a razor-sharp mind, Pozzi created a public persona that in just a few years became as popular with hormonally charged young men as with devout grandmothers.… Indeed, even while Pozzi was performing in erotic cabarets and filming cheesy porn flicks, she lived a parallel life as a respected pundit on television talk shows, philosophizing about sexual freedom or holding forth on gay rights or denouncing the Mafia."

Definitely a different character than the latest Disney princess! 

H/T: Brisbane Times

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