Mickey Mouse Monopoly

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1. Describe three specific example of how Disney movie can unintentional create roles certain groups of people through socialization. Disney creates gender roles, racial roles, and white supremacy through socialization within their motion pictures. For example, Walt Disney’s “Snow White”, “Fantasia”, and even “The Little Mermaid” all show females as obscenely beautiful, male dependent and flirtatious creatures who couldn’t save themselves from a Chinese finger trap. Males are the perfectly sculpted rescuers who can be easily wooed by a woman’s body; and these exaggerated roles create a false standard for children and can lead to severely underdeveloped sociological skills. Moving onto the racial roles; in the movie “All dogs go to heaven”, the Chihuahua had a clearly Hispanic accent and attempted to steal a car with nothing but enjoyment on his face, teaching young children that people who sound like the Chihuahua (Latinos) like to steal. Another example of this is the hyenas in “The Lion King”. A woman in the film expressed worry and discomfort when her child identified the hyenas in the film to African American children, simply by listening to their speech patterns. Finally, white supremacy is rampant in Disney. Excluding “Mulan” and “Pocahontas”, “Aladdin”, and “The Princess and the Frog”, nearly every human character in every movie, is white. And when there are other races brought into the film, many times they are mocked or have funny speech patterns or are represented in the wrong light, like the Magpies from “Dumbo”. The birds’ speech and song are clearly Black and are even referred to by some as the “Nigger Birds”, while Dumbo walks away earning sympathy from the audience and the birds, and those they remind people of, gain only hatred.

2. Explain how a media conglomerate like Disney can be dangerous for a society. Multiple media outlets covering different stories, all being owned by one company, one viewpoint, will show a skewed and jaded...
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