Is Disney Racist?
Walt Disney, Racist?
For years, rumors have been going around that beloved grandfather of animation, Walt Disney and the Disney Corporation, were/are racist entities that use their animations to project their racism on the unsuspecting masses. Of course the Disney corporation denies any allegations that could taint their wholesome name, but could the Disney corporation seriously have proof stacked up against them?
Without reading this article first, what's your opinion?
Do you think Disney is racist?
My Dislike for Disney
Anyone that knows me well knows that I am a very extreme animation enthusiast, but unlike many other animation enthusiasts, I can't bring myself to say that Walt Disney was my hero or inspiration. I do give Walt Disney his credit, where credit is due, but because of Disney animations' racist undertones in their animations, I have turned quite a disgusted eye towards the Disney corporation.
This hub isn't to bash Disney, its to make people aware, to show everyone their options, to help people make their own decisions. If, however, you decide that you don't like anything in this hub, I readily welcome any comments you may have on whatever is said in this hub.
Under the Sea
Proof of Disney's Racism
1. Sebastian - Little Mermaid
Sebastian is a Jamaican sounding crab that was King Triton's right hand man in Disney's The Little Mermaid Disney created in 1989. The age old stereotype that Jamaicans are lazy and hate to work is in the lyrics of Sebastian's song called "Under the Sea".
"Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea!"
Or how about how the lyrics state "The fluke is the Duke of Soul". Don't you see something wrong with the way Gene Chandler - The Duke of Soul - is portrayed and drawn?
If you aren't convinced yet, how about the little black fish that stereotypes the black female singers of the early 1900s.
As the lyrics go, "The black fish, she sings."
2. Lady and the Tramp
In Disney's Lady and the Tramp, when Lady gets put into the pound, she encounters a chihuahua with a Mexican accent.
Si & Am
Si & Am, the two Siamese cats visibly have Asian features and stereotypical Asian-like broken English.
3. Oliver and Company
From Oliver and Company, Tito - the chihuahua in Dodger's gang - is a conniving, spastic, chihuahua with anger management issues.
Disney Princesses Controversy
Belle, Ariel, Tiana, Snow White, Aurora, Rapunzel
For years the "original" Disney princesses consisted of Belle, Jasmine, Ariel, Arora, Cinderella, and Snow White. The problem is that Disney forgot that they had Pocahontas as a princess as well. Why, exactly did Disney choose not to add her? Why is it that Disney can only have one person of color in their princess lineup? Haven't you ever noticed that after Disney's Princess and the Frog, anything with the Disney princesses on them has Tiana - which is good - but what ever happened to Jasmine?
All of Disney's Leading Ladies
Disney Princess Alternative
Instead of Disney just having a princess franchise, why don't Disney try a "Leading Lady" franchise? Disney have forgotten at least two princesses that should be included in their princess franchise line up. Kida - from their movie Atlantis: The Lost Empire - and Pocahontas. Where are these two leading ladies in the Disney princess franchise lineup?
Tiana - First Look
Disney Princess Proof?
With the 2009 Disney movie The Princess and the Frog - Originally entitled 'The Frog Princess -, Disney broke the black ethnicity barrier that had eluded the Disney corporation for over 80 years. An African American leading hero(ine).
The Princess and the Frog followed their hard working leading lady, Tiana - an African American, as she tried to fulfill her dream of owning her own restaurant. Tiana meets a prince - who is very spoiled, self-centered, and status seeking - who, because of his character and gullibility, is transformed into a frog. Disney's Princess and the Frog has a great story line full of colorful characters, beautiful music, suspense, romance, discovery, and a very great moral for everyone - including adults.
When the character concept for Tiana first leaked out, it seemed that most of the black community wasn't satisfied with Disney even simply creating a black princess. Tiana's original name was Maddy and she was supposed to be a poor chambermaid living among the wealthy in the New Orleans French Quarter. There was even talk of people boycotting Disney's Princess and the Frog. After being contacted by the NAACP and an online petition sporting over 3,000 e-signatures, Disney went back to work tweaking Maddy's appearance and story line.
The Wonderful World of Color 1961
Despite what anyone says about Walt Disney - good or bad-, he was quite the brilliant man. He was not the creator of animation, but Walt Disney was among the first to present full-color programming with his Wonderful World of Color in 1961. He was the first person to create a full-length cel animated feature film ever in history - Snow White.
From Snow White to Rapunzel, Disney has made great and timeless animated films time and time again. Maybe one day Disney will wise up and add a whole new colorful cast of princesses to add to their Disney princesses franchise lineup.
There are so many examples of racism in Disney, its almost revolting. Above I have named just a few examples. Do you know any more? Do you think that this is actually proof of the Disney corporation's evil racist ways? Why or why not? I'd love to hear comments from you! Happy reading.