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Added by GemLil on 18 Aug 2008 09:14
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Racist Disney

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People who added this item 189 Average listal rating (105 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
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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People who added this item 2222 Average listal rating (1373 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Fantasia (1941)
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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People who added this item 2928 Average listal rating (1825 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
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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People who added this item 2924 Average listal rating (1825 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
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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People who added this item 5212 Average listal rating (3554 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
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Disney to rewrite the 1992 original opening title sequence lyrics, which were acused of being offensive and reliant on outdated and damaging stereotypes of Arab life.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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People who added this item 2574 Average listal rating (1619 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
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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People who added this item 3095 Average listal rating (1933 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
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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People who added this item 4153 Average listal rating (2701 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6

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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People who added this item 3791 Average listal rating (2510 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
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:

Disney Princesses
Greatest Disney Villains
Disney Animal Protagonists

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