Cultural Critique of Disney

Topics: The Lion King, Whoopi Goldberg, White people Pages: 1 (474 words) Published: November 19, 2010
So here you are watching what you think is an innocent Disney movie, free of harm, but yet if you watch closely you can see that they are anything but innocent. Two major Disney produced movies, The Lion King and Aladdin were both major hits despite that fact that they both have unrealized racial subliminal messages. Despite this, Disney is still known as one of the major and most successful movie companies. Now who wants their young kids watching movies filled with racial innuendos? The problem is that no one is realizing them. Even though all of the characters in The Lion King are animals, they still show many racial stereotypes. To realize this you have to listen to all the characters voices. The voice of Simba, the hero of the movie, is recorded by two white Americans, while the evil hyena’s voices are non-standard English and are recorded by actors such as Whoopi Goldberg. This portrays the idea that the uncivilized hyenas are representative of the Hispanics and other cultures, while the hero is a white American. Despite stereotyping, this also shows a sense of superiority. It is being portrayed that the whites are better than the foreigners. Now let’s take a look at the ever popular Aladdin. “I come from a land from a faraway place where the caravan camels roam. Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face. It’s barbaric, but hey, its home.” These are just a portion of the lyrics from the opening song “Arabian Nights.” Now after hearing those words and actually thinking about them, no viewer can say that it is not racial. It is giving off the idea that Islamic and Arabic cultures are barbaric, which is not true for all cases. It is not giving a true sense of an Arabic’s life. Along with this, the characters also portray a sense of racism. Like in The Lion King the evil guys are not American. In Aladdin, they seem to be very Arabic, all with Arabic names. However Aladdin looks like an American boy and is seen as the good guy. Now most people...
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