In today’s world of political correctness it may come as a bit of a shock to learn that Disney has a proven history of racism. That is right, none other than Disney, the company we all know and love for its wonderful and cheerful children’s movies has a long and proven history of racism that has being well shown in the movies it has produced over the years.
Having trouble believing us about this? Well take a look at these examples of racism in Disney cartoons.
1 – Aladdin
The Disney movie Aladdin caused massive controversy due to its portrayal of Arabs as barbaric savages. Arab-Americans were nothing short of outraged especially with the lyrics to the opening song named Arabian Nights. They original lyrics went – “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face. It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.” These were changed when the film was released for home video, “Where it’s flat and immense, and the heat is intense, It’s barbaric but hey, it’s home”
With thanks to recent historical events Americans no longer carry the perception of Arabs as barbaric.
2 – The Jungle Book
If you had to name one Disney movie which you thought would have a racist scene featured in it then the smart money would be on The Jungle Book
Anyone familiar with this movie will be familiar with the character of King Louie, the Orangutan who was voiced by a white man. Okay that small fact might not scream racism but think back to that where the scene the ape says “I want to be like you. Oh, yes, it’s true. I want to walk like you, talk like you do. … An ape like me can learn to be human, too.”
3 – Lady and the Tramp
Back in the 1950’s Asians were stereotyped in the movies. They were always portrayed with slanted eyes and pidgin diction which was very common to movies made during this era. Despite the obvious racial implications Disney were still happy to include the Siamese Cats in Lady and the Tramp.
To prove this was not just a fluke or chance of fate Disney even featured similar characters in the 1970’s when they produced The Aristocrats.
4 – Fantasia
When the original version of Fantasia was released in 1940 it contained a scene that not many people are aware of today. The scene in question had to be removed from the movie in 1969. The scene depicting a group of playful characters with a black centaur with exaggerated features cleaning the hooves of a graceful white centaur.
5 – Dumbo
If there was ever going to be a Disney movie which would find its way into a museum of racism then the movie Dumbo was it. The number of scene which could be considered racist is vast.
First there is the scene which features the crows, one named “Jim Crow” who has such great lines as “I be done seen ’bout ev’rything when I see an elephant fly,” or the faceless black men who perform menial labor and sing about how they never learned to read or write.
We could go on…….