Sunday, November 19, 2006

Disney Dares Not Offend

One of the most offensive songs I know of is from the Disney Animated Feature Peter Pan and it is the song What Makes the Redman Red? I love the movie and enjoy watching it, but I cringe when I hear that song. For all the fuss about team names, they seem to miss the stuff that would offend me. But Peter Pan, along with that song, is still available as it should be.

A true Disney classic, Song of the South, on the other hand is not going to be released in the foreseeable future because it is offensive to some.

For those who do not know, it is a collection of some of the folklore of the slaves in the old south, told by an elderly slave named Uncle Remus, who in spite of his status as a slave, passes wisdom and true kindness to a pair of white children, through the stories of Brer Rabbit and other such characters.

While it is not necessarily one of my favorite Disney classics, I think it is one that shows a little discussed facet of American culture and history -- the fact the slaves, in spite of their situation, did develop a folklore and I would have thought that this would be a great way to share it with other Americans and the world at large.

Apparently not.


Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

I never liked it much but now I want to see it again.

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical in today's world to ban everything because it might offend something ... sheeesh

8:49 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Hi, Shoprat. Well dear, all I have to say is that if it offended Christians it would be published. Sad state of affairs, isn't it?

9:50 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I read the Bobbsey Twins book series to my kids and they were written in the early 1900's. If you get an old edition of some of the books the African-American maid calls the kids' masters. It just kind of makes you cringe but reminds you of how things have changed.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...

When I was a wee lad(and I mean wee), I had The Song Of the South on an LP, and it was one of my favorite albums, ranking with a couple by Burl Ives, Elektra's Heroes And Badmen, etc.

Wow, Shoprat, thanks! I had forgotten about that one completely! You never fail to bring back great memories of infinitely younger times in your reminiscence inspiring posts.

If only our society didn't permit itself to have its more wholesome memories deleted by the PC influence of "progressives". I sense that you, like me, long for the simpler and more honest days of pre-liberalized America...

6:59 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hey SR, I'm officially the Devil! Check out my current post.

11:18 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

pjc I liked it in a small way. I liked the fables and songs better than the stories.

abf and gayle: two amens

lmc True but also in some movies white butlers refer to their employer's children as "young master _____". Still people need to consider this.

Seth I had the LP too. I do miss a lot of things but I love a lot of new things as well.

tim I came up Emperor.

11:35 AM  

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