Disney/PC Controversy

This might sound a little jaded or controversial or whatever coming out of a nearly 30 year old white man. But I have to give my opinion on this issue and will be “fair” and unbiased to the best of my abilities. With all the PC stuff going around, (Black Lives Matter, No Police, etc.) it seems now that not even the Happiest Place on Earth is being spared. I am a HUGE Disney fan, so this might seem an unpopular opinion coming from someone of my demographic. But there is a call for Disney to re-theme their popular water ride Splash Mountain from Song of the South to…believe it or not…the Princess and the Frog. I have attached the link below so you can judge for yourselves and not take it from my perspective alone. But personally I think some of these things are just products of their time. Yes, Song of the South is so racist that Disney themselves never re-released it. But they took out—thankfully—the Uncle Remus character from the ride. FYI, Uncle Remus was an African-American who was seemingly owned by a wealthy white family in the film. The ride revolves around Bre’er Rabbit leaving home and trying to find his “Laughin’ Place”. And yes, Bre’er does speak with a kind of over-exaggerated Souther drawl or accent, but so do all the other animatronics on the ride. The ride culminates in a drop into the Bre’er Patch. Granted it has been quite awhile since I have been on this ride. I last rode it at Disneyland back in 2009. Personally, I do not entirely have an issue with this ride. Look, Disney has done a lot of crazy cartoons that could be seen as racist. One such cartoon is, and I swear I am not making this up…is Donald Duck in a WWII anti-Nazi cartoon called Der Fuehrer’s Face. Donald is seen as an overworked Nazi and his job is to salute photos of Hitler. He falls asleep on the job and is seen at one point reading Mein Kampf to stay awake. And no, I did not make that up. That is a legit Donald Duck cartoon. One other example is Bugs Bunny (not Disney, I know) parachuting into “enemy territory” after Pearl Harbor. The Japanese people are racist stereotypes with slit eyes and a very exaggerated accent. Bugs even goes as far as to call them…pardon the phrasing… “Japs”, “Funny Face”, “Slanty Eyes”, and “Bow Legs”. Offensive? Uh…yeah! But at the time it was relevant and culturally acceptable. Look, I am IN NO WAY endorsing racism. That is not me or my intention. I am merely trying to make a point that people nowadays are a *little* sensitive. And I understand where that comes from. At least, I do to the best of my abilities as a white person. But fight the good fight and not the Happiest Place on Earth. Those are just my two cents. If you agree, great! If you disagree with me, well that’s ok too. Either way let me know in the comments section what you think and thanks for reading!

-Tom

 

 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-mum-splash-mountain-outcry-1298453

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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