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Is Disney racist?

MkB 2012/04/29 06:10:25
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  • Clyde 2012/04/29 11:50:29
    No
    Clyde
    +8
    Worry about real problems, I think your searching for ways to make things racist if that bothers you. No children today getting that candy would think twice about the graphics and tear into to it to start eating it. I love watermelon, so am I suppose to be offended that someone thinks I'm simple if there is a picture of a white person eating it? The more people keep making issues out nothing, it just fuels the hatred and divisiveness.

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  • Christyyyyy 2012/06/18 05:00:02
    Not sure
    Christyyyyy
    Wait... whaaa.... o.o Classic Disney is my fav movies :,(
  • AmyMah 2012/05/06 11:43:11
    No
    AmyMah
    +1
    You need to look at when films were made and what was normal for that time
  • Chaya2010 2012/05/01 20:00:25
    Not sure
    Chaya2010
    I'm not sure if this is racist but in a modern context its could be considered racist:
  • Mike 2012/05/01 13:04:59
    No
    Mike
    +1
    Why does someone always trump up some BS to cause problems - Did you go to the Al Sharpton school of race relations
  • MkB Mike 2012/06/20 20:25:34
    MkB
    Apparently the National Organization for Women (NOW) thinks it's a big problem.
  • TheTruth1313 2012/05/01 06:35:13
    Not sure
    TheTruth1313
    There were rumors that Walt was antisemitic, but, not really sure.
  • BHGOzzy 2012/05/01 05:15:42
    Yes
    BHGOzzy
  • beach bum 2012/05/01 05:15:20
  • Uranos7 2012/05/01 05:01:51
    Yes
    Uranos7
    +1
    Everyone and everything is racist.
    You are racist for asking this question.
    All of us are racist for answering it.
    Soda head is racist for not blocking it
    The ISP you use is racist for allowing you to go to a site where such questions can be asked
    The power company is racist for supplying power to you and the ISP.

    http://images.sodahead.com/pr...
  • Dub 2012/05/01 02:32:52
    No
    Dub
    +1
    Is that article serious? I found it rather humerus actually. I mean there's not even an issue there in the first place so why are they making it one? Some people are just so stupid.
  • Ian 2012/05/01 02:25:59
    No
    Ian
    +1
    I like the influx of "is it racist?" questions
  • Andy 2012/05/01 02:22:43
    No
    Andy
    +1
    This is a joke... how can they be Racist...at the HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!?!?!??!
  • Jayfeather 2012/05/01 02:35:05
    No
    Jayfeather
    +1
    They used to be, though.
  • EDWARD G 2012/05/01 02:16:44
    Yes
    EDWARD G
    +1
    Mickey Mouse is always Black, give us White guys a chance. LOL
  • Billyk75 2012/04/30 23:21:44
    Not sure
    Billyk75
    No. Walt's been dead for 45+ years.
  • ShinyUmbreon01 2012/04/30 22:28:37
    No
    ShinyUmbreon01
    +1
    NOOOOOO.
  • Flamingo Flame Gem *AFCL* 2012/04/30 22:05:34
    No
    Flamingo Flame Gem *AFCL*
    +2
    Grow up !
  • harasnicole 2012/04/30 19:28:09
    No
    harasnicole
    +4
    Since when has watermelon been a "black" thing? I've never understood that.
  • Sister Jean 2012/04/30 19:23:08
  • Honeybuns 2012/04/30 17:00:14
    No
    Honeybuns
    +1
    No there are many actors , and cartoon character of different races on disney channel.Just there are more actors and cartoon charaters of one race maybe.
  • Harley Quinn 2012/04/30 16:43:35
    No
    Harley Quinn
    +1
    The company itself, no. Walt Disney the man, yes.
  • Laura Lovegood 2012/04/30 16:35:02
  • Jack's Pearl 2012/04/30 16:30:26
    No
    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    This is what happens when something is looked into too closely. This was NOT the intent of disney. Not at all.
  • Manwé 2012/04/30 13:15:14
    No
    Manwé
    +4
    But Walt Disney was.
  • Bibliophilic 2012/04/30 07:55:01
    Yes
    Bibliophilic
    +2
    Walt Disney was racist. Disney has also created many racist caricatures of black people in the past. Are they still racist? I hope not. The jezebel representation of black women definitely is racist. It probably was not intentional, but yes it is still racist.
  • Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of ... 2012/04/30 02:34:24
    No
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +6
    In the past yes, but not anymore. They've moved on and so should the rest of us.
  • Walt 2012/04/30 01:52:30
    Not sure
    Walt
    +1
    I have no idea, but I will be surprised if the leftists don't crawl all over this poll pointing out Uncle Remus in Disney's Song of the South. They need to get real.
  • MkB Walt 2012/04/30 06:17:08
    MkB
    +2
    It's not without trying. I polled about it years ago but forgot to include the source link.
    http://www.sodahead.com/enter...
  • EDWARD G Walt 2012/05/01 02:30:32 (edited)
    EDWARD G
    +1
    It is really a shame that Uncle Remus and Joel Chandler Harris have been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. Do you know how hard it is to buy a copy of Uncle Remus stories or for that matter any of Harris's work? You can still get them on Amazon but that's about it. Sadly most people who condemn these stories have never read them. Contrary to what people think, the tar baby is not a metaphor for a black child and many of the Uncle Remus stories have their roots in Africa. Many liberals who complain about the dialect are unaware that several of the stories are written in Gullah which is quickly disappearing as a Southern Black dialect.
  • Walt EDWARD G 2012/05/01 03:24:05
    Walt
    I read the Brer Rabbit stories as a child and saw Song of the South at the theater. It's a shame future generations won't have the opportunity.
  • aherbert 2012/04/30 01:35:52
    No
    aherbert
    +2
    It is an old company ... that old graphics depicts the sign of those times. We have come along way but there is a far way to go ...
  • Tink123 2012/04/29 22:00:39 (edited)
    Not sure
    Tink123
    +1
    I would call into question the flavors of the candy for sure. That seems pretty overt, imo. But I think the author of the article was stretching as well.

    The talk of bedroom eyes and strapless dresses is a wild stretch. First you must consider that the princess's on both packages are 100% fitting the likenesses of the characters themselves. Sleeping Beauty was created in what, the 1950's. That alone should explain why she's wearing a long-sleeved dress. The Princess and the Frog was released in 2009 - we've cleared the hurdle of long-sleeved dresses only in kids movies - and that movie is also based in New Orleans which is pretty freaking hot, for those who don't know.

    So yes, the flavors seem overt, wrong and... just wrong. There was sufficient reason to warrant question right there. The rest of the article seemed to stretch so much that it took away from the initial, undeniable wrong and unnecessarily. imo Does this mean Disney as a whole is racist? I can't jump head first into that. Sorry. I really don't think the character Tiana was created as a racial stereotype, and I've seen the movie. But yes, whoever was tasked with designating flavors to characters for this candy needs to be fired. They're clearly not the sharpest tool in the box. lol
  • Shadow13 2012/04/29 18:42:21
    Yes
    Shadow13
    As a corporation it does not posses an internal conscious, but its values are derived from its past and contributions towards society. Racism is the belief that races do exist and that there are attributes that can be attributed to individuals according to their perceived race. A racist (noun) is an individual who subscribes to the belief of racism, or an organization that promotes or perpetuates the validity of racism. Racist (adverb) is an act that reinforces or invokes the ideology of racism.
    It is a well known fact that the founder of Disney, Walt Disney, was anti-semitic. This attitude is likely responsible for the fact that there has been no Jewish protagonist in his films.
    In the Princess and the Frog, the film in which this argument centers around, there are caricatures of black stereotypes, as there are in many older Disney films http://www.cracked.com/articl... (the blackbirds from Dumbo.) The reference between watermelon and black people is one old as the South itself. Was it racist to pair up the only black princess with the one flavor that would draw up ire, yes. It was most likely due to subconscious racism, which is in itself not a conscious and deliberate act. Was it insensitive, offensive, and ill conceived, yes. Malevolent, probably not but you have t...
    As a corporation it does not posses an internal conscious, but its values are derived from its past and contributions towards society. Racism is the belief that races do exist and that there are attributes that can be attributed to individuals according to their perceived race. A racist (noun) is an individual who subscribes to the belief of racism, or an organization that promotes or perpetuates the validity of racism. Racist (adverb) is an act that reinforces or invokes the ideology of racism.
    It is a well known fact that the founder of Disney, Walt Disney, was anti-semitic. This attitude is likely responsible for the fact that there has been no Jewish protagonist in his films.
    In the Princess and the Frog, the film in which this argument centers around, there are caricatures of black stereotypes, as there are in many older Disney films http://www.cracked.com/articl... (the blackbirds from Dumbo.) The reference between watermelon and black people is one old as the South itself. Was it racist to pair up the only black princess with the one flavor that would draw up ire, yes. It was most likely due to subconscious racism, which is in itself not a conscious and deliberate act. Was it insensitive, offensive, and ill conceived, yes. Malevolent, probably not but you have to wonder how many people saw this idea before it was actually brought to market without considering that it may not be wise.
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  • sjalan 2012/04/29 18:26:24
    No
    sjalan
    After reading the article I was amazed that this happened but wave the wand of blanket racism over Disney, Nope

    I'd still like to see them re-release a cleaned up BlueRay DVD of Song of the South.
  • Bigbrowneyes 2012/04/29 17:26:28 (edited)
    No
    Bigbrowneyes
    +3
    Modern Disney is understandably a little biased about White culture because the creators are White...Just like the Cosby show has the family mostly associate with other Black people.



    But watermelon? It's a candy flavor, and no one is going to think that coincidence is intentional, because it's so far fetched. The fact that she is "sultry" has not a single thing to do with her race; she's not portrayed as dumb/ignorant, therefore DIsney not perpetuating the more popular stereotype about Blacks. That they would have dug through the Bible to find a different, hidden stereotype is nonsense. Good Lord; if people are teaching kids to look for racist symbolism while buying candy, social equality is not going to get anywhere...



    Do you know why it's nonsense? Remember when people thought Disney spelled out "Sex" in the stars in the Lion King? It turned out to be "SFX"...a tribute to the sound staff.



    Disney stars SFX
  • Tink123 Bigbrow... 2012/04/29 22:05:55
    Tink123
    +3
    Agreed totally. The implications beyond the flavors were wild stretches of the imagination, imo. Well said.
  • Thank you but no... 2012/04/29 17:11:32
    Yes
    Thank you but no...
    +1
    Was. There are examples of it still available, but, it must be remembered, he was a product of his time, and there is little evidence for him being an anti-semite in a personal sense.

    He got the reputation because, in the 1940s, he got himself allied with a group called the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, which was an anti-Communist and antisemitic organization. And though Walt himself was not antisemitic, nevertheless, he willingly allied himself with people who were antisemitic, and that reputation stuck. He was never really able to expunge it throughout his life.

    Disney eventually distanced himself from the Motion Picture Alliance in the 1950s.

    The Walt Disney Family Museum acknowledges that Disney did have "difficult relationships" with some Jewish individuals, and that ethnic stereotypes common to films of the 1930s were included in some early cartoons, such as Three Little Pigs and The Opry House. However, the museum points out that Disney employed Jews throughout his career, donated to several Jewish charities (The Hebrew Orphan Asylum, Yeshiva College, Jewish Home for the Aged, The American League for a Free Palestine) and was named "1955 Man of the Year" by the B'nai B'rith chapter in Beverly Hills.

    http://www.momentsintime.com/...
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/04/29 15:09:21
  • Sir Bud. 2012/04/29 13:14:30
    Not sure
    Sir Bud.
    +2
    Walt Disney was.
  • Wahvlvke 2012/04/29 12:58:35
    No
    Wahvlvke
    +5
    Don't forget to look for monsters under your bed.

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