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Zuki Ekic
Professor Barron
English 102
21 June 2012

The Truth Behind Disney
The documentary “Mickey Mouse Monopoly” written by Chyng Sun and directed by Miguel Picker, discusses the truth behind Disney and the message it gives to young children. Disney portrays a lot of racism in their movies by correlating black or dark animals as being evil and always up to no good. This teaches little kids that people of color are monstrous and bad people when really they're not. It's not common to see an African American or Latino as an actual person in Disney as they are always some sort of animal. As a matter of fact, according to “Mickey Mouse Monopoly, it took 56 years for Disney to create a film that featured a dark skinner hero and heroine.” Disney also has a lot of sexism in their movies. The guys are seen as the most powerful and they are always saving the girl in the end. Even if the girl saves herself, a character like Tarzan would always find a way to save her. Men in Disney are never seen cleaning or cooking they are usually outside working and or fighting with someone. Women are seen as the weaker sex which correlates to how it is in reality. All the women in Disney are cooking, cleaning, they have to be calm and collective, they don't fight, they can't get angry at a male, and they do all this just to be able to get a husband. When Mulan, for example, came back from fighting in the war, her grandma's first words were asking if she brought back home a man. Lastly, Disney makes young girls believe that they're bodies have to be perfect and with their perfect bodies is how they will get whatever they want. There is a lot of sexual appeal when it comes to women in Disney and this sets very high standards and demands for young girls that love watching The Little Mermaid or Aladdin and Jasmine. Both of the females in those films have perfect little bodies with feminine curves and the most beautiful hair. The documentary is right about correlating Disney with racism, sexual appeal, and sexism. It’s very difficult to think of Disney as evil and that it teaches our kids about life in a destructive way at a young age. However, when looking back at all those Disney movies and really analyzing them, it’s very easy to notice that they’re not so innocent. Disney has come out with a collection of Princess movies in 2001 so that they can advertise any other product they are trying to make money of off such as barbie toys, DVD's, and clothes (England 555). Even though this may be a great money making strategy, this isn't the best influential plan of action for young girls. Little kids in general are very easily influenced and easily entertained. Now when this is integrated together, the outcome isn't always so positive. What kids see they will do, what they don't know they will try and and what they hear they will repeat. When Disney first began long ago, there really wasn't as many negative influences on kids as there is now. There wasn't as many unspeakable advertisements or misleading commercials. With that being said, when Disney first started off, they didn't have too much to worry about. Now that Disney is very well known and has been here for a while, it has changed drastically and still has some improvements to make. One huge mistake Disney has made is with their portrayal of the feminine physique. Trying to look our best every day, constantly comparing ourselves to models and having the words, “Must Stay Skinny,” shoved down our throats, is stress plenty. It's bad enough that teens and adults have to go through the pressure of looking perfect but the root of the problem is that it starts at a young age and it starts with Disney. Disney has many princesses that are more than happy to flaunt their perfect curves and in most cases that is the only thing they are seen as. For example, Cinderella is a kindhearted woman who goes from a step daughter and into a slave soon after her father passes. She works very hard until one...
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