Kong Louie er udtryk for racisme

Akademia, Diverse, Race, Racisme — Drokles on May 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Disney har planer om endnu en filmatisering af Junglebogen, men denne gang med rigtige skuespillere. Og det får flere akademikere, der mener at aberne er en metafor for negrene, til at advare mod at inddrage figuren Kong Louie. Fra Daily Caller

The apes’ efforts to learn to be like humans is a racist metaphor for black people’s efforts to be more like white people, according to Amanda Bell of Yahoo Movies. The apes are, “Widely panned as exemplifying ‘negative racial stereotyping’ and connoting inequality between African-Americans and Caucasians,” she wrote.

The main problem? The ape leader, King Louie, was claimed by many to be a stand-in for the jazz musician Louis Armstrong, who was black.

“The original choice would have been offensive – Louis Armstrong animated as an ape,” said Robert Thompson, a media professor at Syrcause, in a statement. “The choice they went with had a minstrel show feel to it, also offensive.”

Bell suggested scrapping the King Louie character altogether

Godt man ikke skrottede Kong Louie fra den originale (læg mærke til den fine animering af Louies pels og kropsfedt) En bedre version der desværre ikke tillod indlejring HER)

Dyrerepræsentationer af allehånde mennesker og deriblandt også sorte er ikke ukendt for Disney. I filmen Dumbo er sorte krager og deres leder hedder endda Jim (Jim Crow), som i Jim Crow lovene om segregering

Også tegnefilmen Fritz the Cat fra 1972 (der ikke er Disney) valgte at lade krager repræsentere sorte

Men man behøver ikke dyrerepræsentationer, som denne lille klassiker om Lazy Town viser

Happy Days…

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