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on 18 Aug 2008 09:14

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Racist Disney

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1. Song of the South (1946)
Uncle Remus

Sit down children and listen to the tales of old Br'er Rabbit, ala Unckey Remus, Uncle Remus oozes stereotype, a black man happily working on a plantation in the post-Civil War deep south.
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2. Fantasia (1940)
Sunflower the Centaur

Here we see how, even in Fantasia, the black centaurs are servants to the white centaurs.

Disney removed all reference to Sunflower in their 1960 re-release of Fantasia, and she won't be making her way back any time soon.
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3. The Jungle Book (1967)
The Monkeys/ King Louie

All of the Jungle's dignified characters spoke in perfect, British accents...of course the jive-talking, manic, lawless monkeys adopted african-american accents.
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4. Dumbo (1941)
The Crows

Lawyers all over the world draw breath when they watch this famous scene from dumbo. Ill-educated and poor, the crows spend their days being outlandish stereotypes.

However the crows are one of the first examples of a black hero in mainstream cinema. In a continent that had not entirely outlawed lynching yet, some have argued the crows were in fact more progressive than detremental.
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5. Aladdin (1992)
The Merchant

Arab-American protests against this film, led Disney to rewrite the 1992 original opening title sequence lyrics, which were acused of being offensive and reliant on outdated and damaging stereotypes of Arab life.

The original lyrics:

I come from a land from a far away place,
where the caravan camels roam.
Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face,
it's barbaric but, hey, it's home!

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6. Peter Pan (1953)
The Indians

Well actually native americans, portrayed here as savage and stupid. Disney have been acused of using the movie 'Pocahontas' to white wash this faux pas (Pardon the pun).

The Indian's song explains that they only turned red because their ancestor blushed when he was kissed by a beautiful lady...they were really white all along lads! Huzzah!
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7. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
The Siamese Cats

This just proved to Americans that you cannot trust a commie! Slit eyes, sneaky and devestating, Lady and the Tramp has been critised for taking asian/american relationships back 10 years.
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8. The Little Mermaid (1989)

I think this is clutching at straws here, but disney has been criticised for using Sebastian to portray Jamaicans as lazy (under the sea, you dont need to get a job)...drawing attention to the line:

"Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea!

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9. Mulan (1998)

Although Disney hailed this as an anti-racist/feminist film, critics note that Mulan is still overly westernised, in terms of features, behaviour and accent.

Further more the film ends with a triumphant Mulan in the Forbidden Palace, with thousands of Chinese bowing to her. This act of cultural defiance marks more of a victory of Western ideals over traditional Chinese ideals.
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These opinions are not necessarily my own, but this is a list of Disney characters that have been criticised as being racist.

This is an amalgamation of various lists and sources from other websites.

Other titles in my Disney list collection:

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Posted: 7 years ago at Aug 19 22:51
Looks like the fact that everything in this list is stolen is now being advertised!
Posted: 7 years ago at Aug 19 22:55
Posted: 6 years, 12 months ago at Sep 2 7:51
Very Interesting!
Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at Sep 7 16:26
I've seen all those!
Very politically incorrect.
You'd think Mel Brooks was the director of several of these movies.
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at Feb 13 17:17
In the original Jungle Book, the monkeys, or bandar-log as they're called in the book, are shunned by the rest of the jungle because of their lawless and foolish ways. The difference in the monkey's voices most likely reflects this rather than rascism.
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at Feb 13 18:04
No, sorry, the voices are clearly over stylised african-american accents, reeking of blacksploitation.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Apr 15 3:04
Did you ever see that World War 2- era Bugs Bunny cartoon, "Hare Fuhrer?" Walking talking Aryan stereotype- complete with bleach blond hair, an ludicrous accent (picture Franz in "The Producers,") and bumbling, blind hero worship for Hitler.

I mean, I guess one could say that the caricature was purely anti-Nazi, but with the verbal mannerisms (ja, ja, fuh-rer) I highly doubt it. But really, with the age of political correctness dawning on us, why don't we let bygones be bygones? Kids probably won't even understand it with the context of the times.
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Sep 28 20:54
Interesting list :P
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Sep 28 21:35
Disney was hell of Colonialist as well
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Oct 12 18:59
I think this is an interesting list. You might add Uncle Scrooge (the Scottish), Donald Duck (the Oregonians) and Bambi (simple forest animals)... But seriously, the notions here are to the point. It is especially important when dealing with modern stuff. Of course, it was a different game back in the old days...
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Dec 27 18:58
Disney were originally going to name The Princess and the Frog "The Frog Princess", but that caused controversy. There was still controversy over the fact that it takes place in New Orleans in the 1920's.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Dec 27 21:12
Never really thought of it that way. But I guess you're right. Hmmm...
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Feb 16 20:22
I think you should add "The Princess and the Frog" for the stereotyping of n'awlins slack-jawed yokel white rednecks from the Bayou... not everyone with a southern accent is an idiot! Technically not all these are "racist" per se, more like obvious stereotyping, but not really alluding to any race superiority in my opinion.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Feb 16 23:13
I completely agree with Sunflower from Fantasia. Everything else though I think Copy Cat and J Luoma Got it spot on. Its not really racism just stereo typing which in my opinion is just how things are. Not meant to really offend. But is it Disney that is stereotyping or the person who realizes the stereotype. For instance King Louie is actually voiced by a white guy but we all just assume King Louie is a black guy...why?? Is it because he spoke in an accent we consider to be african american...Isn't that stereotyping.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Feb 17 13:41
Liked it better when it was an article on
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at May 4 9:40
There's also the "Good German" Gepetto in Pinocchio as well as the evil "Jew" characters.
And in The Lion King, the hyenas are all voiced by black or Latin American actors.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at May 5 12:36

Anti Racist is just code for Anti White
Under the onslaught of race mixing propaganda, there will soon be no whites, 'aryans' caucasians whatever, left to blame for racism.
White people are not defined as 'indigenous people' and have no rights of protection under United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Even though they have occupied those lands for 10,000's years and white people are already wonderfully diverse, it is felt by some that genocide by invasive hordes into those lands and outbreeding them there, as revenge for presumed blackploitation etc, to be justified.

To assist this 'progressive step' White heritage is portrayed as totally evil while Rap lyrics and violence is totally cool.

Who's in the middle of this shit storm and who profits?Disney is Satan.
Disney was a jew right?
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jul 2 15:45
ehh it was a different time then, you can't really blame disney
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Nov 9 5:12
King Louie was voiced by Louis Prima, a Sicillian American Singer, Trumpet player, songwriter, actor, and bandleader.

He was known as the King of the Swing and spoke the jive talk of the jazz hepcats of the 1940s.

Disney originally wanted another famous Louis for the part, Louis Armstrong, but because he sounded like Armstrong and had light skin, they chose Prima. They felt letting a black person voice a monkey may have caused controversy.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Nov 15 8:03
Who the heck cares? People are 'racist' I vote we just make all movies boring. Blur out all skin colours to super pixilate. Then you can't scream racism. I notice how no one ever complains when a movie cast with primarily black people belittles the one lone white person who is usually the bad guy. But if a "white" movie has the "token" black guy, whites are racist.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Nov 15 21:44
Tarnished you sound like a grade a c**t
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Nov 16 2:47
As somneone has posted, it was another time. Popular tastes and attitudes change with the times.

For instance, Negro used to be the politically correct term, and calling someone Black was considered offensive.

Today, it is just the opposite. Black is the accepted term and Negro is considered racist.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Dec 25 18:23
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 5 9:49
Is Song of the South that bad, after all it show that black man can teach kids for the 40's these is big deal that the idea of black man teach white kids i dont think it bad
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 7 9:51
I never considered those pictures "racist" in any way, when I was a kid :\
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jul 27 10:12
This is a pretty damn funny list!Mainly because it's true!
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jul 27 14:49
I think the Mulan criticism is a bit ridiculous. All Disney animated movies are Americanised. I don't think that makes it racist. Look at Hercules. That was way more Americanised than Mulan. Was Hercules even remotely Greek? I know the Muses certainly weren't. I don't think that makes it racist though. Just American.
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jul 27 21:24
If you really read into it, you'll find homosexuals every where too
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Sep 16 18:42
Some of these aren't actually racist but are nontheless offensive. Junglebook however ... wow, just wow.

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