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Racism in Disney

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In my sociology of childhood class we watched a video that explained the different ways Disney has shown racial stereotypes in their movies. A few movies that we may remember that show people of a different races are; Mulan, Pocahontas, and Aladdin. It was pointed out by several speakers in the movie that Disney stereotypes the characters role based on their race. Disney not only is being racist but is also teaching young children how people from different backgrounds may seen in society Although some  stories do not revolve around racial issues they can be  indirectly taught to children and interpreted in different ways by the child.

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Written by 3graffiti

October 24, 2009 at 4:20 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think this notion of racism in Disney productions is quite interesting, and I agree, quiet pervasive. A new movie that will be released later in this year is Disney’s Princess and the Frog Trailer. It features a black princess. Disney’s first black princess, that is. Why did it take this long? What effect do you suppose this will have on young African American girls?

    TRAILER

    http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/news/the-princess-and-the-frog-controversy-or-innocence.php

    carlyeg

    October 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm

  2. I think this notion of racism in Disney productions is quite interesting, and I agree, quiet pervasive. A new movie that will be released later in this year is Disney’s Princess and the Frog Trailer. It features a black princess. Disney’s first black princess, that is. Why did it take this long? What effect do you suppose this will have on young African American girls?

    TRAILER

    http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/news/the-princess-and-the-frog-controversy-or-innocence.php

    carlyeg

    October 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm

  3. I think this notion of racism in Disney productions is quite interesting, and I agree, quiet pervasive. A new movie that will be released later in this year is Disney’s Princess and the Frog Trailer. It features a black princess. Disney’s first black princess, that is. Why did it take this long? What effect do you suppose this will have on young African American girls?

    http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/news/the-princess-and-the-frog-controversy-or-innocence.php

    carlyeg

    October 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm

  4. I am actually a firm believer that Disney is very racist! If anyone was to ever watch the movie “Dumbo” there are crows in the movie that as characterized as being black, and are based off of Jim “Crows”. There are man underlining racism in Disney movies, to the point that i might not be letting my children watch them lol!

    bmax2816

    October 24, 2009 at 9:05 pm

  5. As a white person who grew up watching Disney movies and loved them, I dont think that watching them is as damaging as you all are assuming they are. I dont automatically assume that black people are jive talking because of the crows in Dumbo, and I dont think that black people are uglier than whites and should be subservient to them because of Fantasia.
    This isn’t to say that there isnt racism in the movies. The Jungle Book is probably the worst I can think of. The monkeys all speak in a clearly black stereotypical way, and more ridiculously, they sing about how they would like to be like “man cub.” In other words, the “black” characters would like to be like the “white” characters.

    kmurph2688

    October 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm

  6. I agree, Disney has been guilty of racial steroetypes. I think the Jungle Book, Dumbo and Peter Pan were some of the worst. It has a lot to do with the time the movies were released though. Unfortunately, they reflect the views that people held at those times and now when we see them it’s shocking.

    brecal

    October 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm

  7. I think we need to be careful about using terms racism and stereotypes, for I feel there are important differences. There mere fact that some of these movies reflected the current events at the time, now some 40 years later, isn’t a solid argument for racism. It may simply be a reflection of the times, i.e. there were Jim Crow laws, just like the average african american at that time, was under educated and resided in the South. This combination probably leads to some less than stellar linguistic skills, something portrayed in the some of the characters at that time. Today the hip-hop culture has become popular and common-place, I hardly hear any objections to the two ghetto transformers, from transformers 2, in fact both white and black alike laughed out loud at their verbiage and actions. In short, I feel there needs to be better evidence to indict someone of racism, than pointing to some instances where society, at the time, was represented in a whimsical or exaggerated way. Such instances are a far cry from proclaiming one race superior to another, something I thought was represented when one thinks of racism.

    justinjayjones

    November 5, 2009 at 5:56 am

  8. I don’t think I realized this at the time that I watched Disney movies. I think that they can be perceived as either being racist or not, depending on the person watching it and their experience with racism in their lives.

    alinak88

    November 6, 2009 at 1:08 am


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