Growing up as a kid I watched Disney movies everyday. Growing up, your parents don't tell you that this movie is about racism and this movie is about sexism- obviously you watch the movie for entertainment. Being 5, 6, 7 years old, all you want to do be like Cinderella or be like Barbie, but that never happens. Children shoot for the stars to be like Disney princesses; they buy dresses to look like them and there are tiara's and heels that come in a package that the little girls buy.
But, have you ever noticed there has never been a Black princess before? Has there ever been a person with cancer? No. The Disney producers didn't make a Black princess until 2009 (The Princess and the Frog). The first Princesses were all white, then came an Indian princess, Native American Princess, and then an Asian Princess. Once people started to make a big deal out of the race of the princesses, the producers of Disney needed to come up with new princesses.
Looney Tones- one of my favorite shows when I was a child.
But after reading what Christensen piece said:
"Indians in 'Looney Tunes' are also depicted as inferior human beings. These characters are stereotypical to the greatest degree, carrying tomahawks, painting their faces, and sending smoke signals as their only means of communication."People don't realize what the directors mean behind their characters. Why did they make it this way? All of the characters in pretty much every cartoon/ Disney movie is stereotyped. All of the princesses are gorgeous and have a happy ending, the men in the Disney movies have huge muscles, the Spanish people are servants. After realizing the stereotyped cartoons and movies I am disappointed of my childhood. I grew up thinking that there was nothing wrong with non white princesses. [SCWAAMP- Whiteness & American-ness]
Points to Share in Class:
Did Disney producers do this on purpose or was it simply because of the way they portrayed all aspects of SCWAAMP? Do you think there will ever be a princess with cancer? Why are all the movies or cartoons stereotypical?