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So, I’m looking through Disney plus, scrolling through the “Celebrate Black Stories” section, mostly feeling nostalgia for childhood movies/tv shows. Until I come to the Lion King remake… and I’m thinking… okay… that’s not like the others, but they did work hard on that cast, Beyoncé, Donald Glover, bringing back James Earl Jones, so I keep scrolling, until I come to the original Lion King… which Simba is definitely played by a white boy and a white man. Which I don’t think the race of the voice actors should be important, because he’s a *LION*. Black people aren’t lions, they aren’t African savannah *animals*. So, how is the original The Lion King a black story, with its white writers, white directors, and half white actors, unless they’re equating black people to animals? I’m no expert at this, like at all, and would be very willing to hear other thoughts from those with more knowledge, but it made me queazy. I emailed Disney+ already to ask about it.
Update!: The original animated Lion King is no longer listed under the Celebrate Black Stories, though the “live action” still is. I think this is a good decision!
Update: Yes it is. As of 7/1 it is in the “celebrate black stories” section. Whick is why I was googling “Why is Lion King in the black stories section of Disney plus”. Which brought me here.
Disney should get ahead of this in the news before people protest Disney at their theme parks.
Celebrate gay stories !
That’s right none.
Update: it is still in the “celebrate black stories” as of 7/1. Disney should get ahead of this story before protestors come to their theme parks which they’re trying to reopen right now.
I also arrived here because I asked the internet why the Lion King is listed on Disney+ to celebrate black stories…it is not a black-led production and is simply based in Africa…
Yeah so honestly it’s still there as of December first and tbh I’m really confused. Is it literally bc it’s set in africa they think it’s a black story… Like I can kinda get behind it but also it makes me feel like they are comparing to animals
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