The obsession over Disney needs to stop

Ashley Hutchinson '19, Copy Editor

Editor’s note: This story contains the opinion of the writer.

Disney has been a household names for countless ages with images of princesses and Mickey Mouse filling the minds of children and adults alike.

But I am a part of the slim percentile that does not appreciate the presence Disney had in my childhood.

The product of their movies and stories are inaccurate both in behavioral aspects as well as historical, completely fluffing up the truthfulness behind the plots. Yes, I do believe children shouldn’t be exposed to the harmful truth that some measures of life may hold, but that doesn’t mean throw off the kids by presenting something happy and innocent when, most times, that didn’t happen.

One of the best examples of this is the film Pocahontas.

“‘Pocahontas’ has been dubbed a travesty on the history of the Native American genocide. The title character is portrayed as a native woman who falls in love with settler John Smith, but in reality Pocahontas was only 10 at the time. Smith did befriend the girl but there was no romance. An even worse travesty is the film’s end. The settlers become friends with the natives and everyone lives happily ever after. Really Disney? In fact, 90% of the indigenous people in America were wiped out by a combination of disease and genocide of crazed religious settlers, believing their actions justified by the idea of ‘manifest destiny’. Those who survived were subjected to poor living conditions and servitude to the land-grabbing Europeans, who subsequently became Americans,” ListVerse said.

Another point is the extreme weight difference between characters. One character, most likely “beautiful”, can be inhumanly thin while another, most likely villainous, has curves. Ariel and Ursula are the epitome of this since Ariel is a youthful and physically-appealing woman while Ursula is displayed as a disgusting and evil woman, and as social norms suggest, her weight represents that, as well. This has implanted the desire to be unreasonable skinner in individuals at a very young age.

Have you ever noticed the recurring theme of sexual harassment and the neglect of consent in Disney films? Probably not, but it’s definitely there. Since when is it okay to be awakened by a kiss of a stranger? Snow White certainly didn’t approve of that, even know she took it well afterwards, but what kind of message is that sending to young and molding minds?

I bet you’ve noticed the racial profiling throughout the films, though. Remember those crows from Dumbo? Obvious racial profiling against African Americans when that was much more acceptable. The language and attire clearly resemble and mock the mannerism and culture of American Americans. Another example exists in The Aristocats, where a Chinese cat sings about fortune cookies in an evident Asian accent.

The minds of children resemble clay: easy to mold, but much too easy to destroy. Kids should absolutely enjoy their childhood while it lasts, but not on the foundation of lies and fluff to disguise the true meaning of the story.