Anonymous asked: I would just like to point out that Song of the South did not have slaves, it had sharecroppers. It was set during the Reconstruction Era, and while I do not deny that in general sharecroppers did not have happy lives, Song of the South was made in the forties and as such is a product of its time. These were the days before Civil Rights. It should be taken as a piece of American history. This movie shows things that really happened to some people, and it does not deserve the stigma it has.
This movie shows things that really happened to some people? So you’re saying there were some people who worked in harsh conditions, but were extremely happy with their lives? People have said that this kind of labor isn’t a problem because the workers are happy. That is not true.
Welcome to our blog about racism in Disney! This is a school project we did to show stereotyping and racial messages in Disney. We have links to our classmates’ projects as well, and it would be awesome if you looked at those, too!
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Anonymous asked: In regards to your 'making it right' thing, no, it doesn't. But you also have to think about the audience they're targeting. NOT TO MENTION Snow White has always been considered, even in the Grim Tales, to be the Fairest one of all. The term "fair" itself means pale or light skinned. I would never apply it to one with darker colored skin because I don't feel it would fit them. "Pretty" or "beautiful" are the two terms I would use instead.
To start, thank you for your response. We appriciate your visiting the blog. I looked up the definition of ‘fair’ and found the synonyms, which included both pale and pretty. Even if it does mean pale, the queen gets jealous that she’s not the palest, suggesting being pale is the best thing, or at least an envyable quality. While Disney could not have changed the story, they could have made the princess be darker. Thank you for your response!
Anonymous asked: In regards to calling Snow White the 'fairest one of all', you do have to consider the fact that it was made in the 1930s when racism was everywhere. It wasn't until the 1960s that discrimination became illegal. They can't change the movie, it's already been made and she's already a well loved character. It's sound, but I do ask you to consider the historical influences of the time periods on any movie. It could help you get a higher grade on your project?
I do agree that Disney was made in a time of racism, and that it was acceptable back then. It was made then, but is watched now. You are right that the movie can’t be changed. This project is less about protesting Disney (I certainly love Disney myself) and more about using one of the most popular movie companies to show how races are portrayed in the media in general. Thank you for your response, and I appriciate your visiting the blog!
One of the biggest arguements FOR Disney is that its movies were made when racism was common and accepted in society. Our response is that just because something is common, does that make it right? Slavery was common, so does that make it just? Does that mean we should ignore it?
The Little Mermaid
“The Fluke is the Duke of Soul.” “The Black fish, she sings.” Do you see any stereoyptes presented?