#DisneyRepent: 6 Popular Politically Incorrect Films
March 31, 2019
Toby Grater

Behold, I have taken it upon myself to draw your attention to certain sins committed by Disney, and whether they meant it or not is irrelevant! The fact that these movies have not been shelved is abhorrent, and I officially call for a new hashtag movement, namely, #disneyrepent. Look you here, at these atrocities!

# 1.  Let’s start with Moana. I was horrified when I went to see who the animators were. Imagine my surprise when I learned that this beacon of diversity and feminism was animated by a bunch of white males! How could they? What do they know about being diverse or female? Then I almost fainted when I looked at who wrote it. 1 Female and 7 males! This surely is a result of an under represented female presence!

#2. Pocahontas. Cisgender relationships. Positive portrayal of lead white oppressive male character. Positive portrayal of most white European males, and settlers, no less! Negative portrayal of a character played by a homosexual. Confusion communicated to the audience, though, in the form of an obvious patriarchal system instituted by American Indians who are a protected class, so you could go either way with that. Man, I ain’t letting MY kids see this movie.

#3. Mulan. Surely a story about a strong girl who takes on patriarchy is free from all scrutiny? Mulan also presents a catch 22 when she commits the sin of going against her culture by enforcing 21st century standards on it (women in combat roles). Do we curse the anachronism of modern American standards on 5th century China (never, EVER force your culture on to another one), or do we praise the assault on that society’s patriarchal structure?

#4. Peter Pan. The story of a boy who never grows up runs into some problems — big problems — with its portrayal of Native Americans. There’s a song called “What Makes The Red Man Red,” which is problematic enough. Aside from the offensive song, none of the Native Americans actually speak to Peter and the gang. Instead, the chief of the tribe speaks in broken jargon, stereotypical to the way Native Americans are mocked. White children Peter, Wendy, and Co. also partake in cultural appropriation by donning feathered head dresses, brandishing tomahawks, and running around making “whooping” noises while fanning their mouths with their hands.

#5. Lady and the Tramp. It’s had its share of racist moments in its stereotypical, caricature-ish portrayals of different races. Its Siamese cats, Si and Am, are drawn with slanted eyes and they speak with a stereotypical Asian accent, and also portrayed as villainous and sneaky. There’s also a chihuahua who speaks with an exaggerated Mexican tone.

#6. The Little Mermaid. Many problems here. Change who you are to impress a man? Sheesh! There’s also some not-so-subtle racism at play. Some take issue with the portrayal of Sebastian the crab, who has a Jamaican accent and advocated staying under the sea because you don’t have to get a job there. The theme of portraying dark-skinned culture as lazy recurs throughout Disney movies. The Little Mermaid also has problems with its drawings of the fish “Duke of Soul” and “blackfish” with fuller lips.

Now, for those who think that this piece is satire, some of it is. The first three movies that I critiqued (Moana, Pocahontas, and Mulan) were criticisms that I came up with on the fly. The second three movies (Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and The Little Mermaid) were quoted verbatim from VH1.com. Also, VH1 is not the only one saying this. Several other prominent websites concur, ranging from celebrity gossip to college essays. Some are a few paragraphs, some are a few pages.

This politically correct merry-go-round, of course, is foolishness. All of it. I am absolutely floored by the ignorance of the PC culture. Man oh man, do they hate freedom and liberty. I expected, while doing research for this subject, to come across silliness, but the snowflake of frivolity that I envisioned was quickly replaced by an avalanche of hatred and anger. Make no mistake, all of these people who come up with imaginary problems are angry. Angry at whom? Angry at God, His Word, and His children. They hate all liberty, especially the kind of liberty brought on by the Bible and the Holy Spirit, so they create new rules to suppress it in unrighteousness.

~ Luke Saint, adapted from “Street Wise Theology”

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