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I had it on VHS as a kid, and loved the Brer animal scenes, the racial stuff went right over my head. While I can see it from both sides of the argument, my biggest argument now is that it is most people haven’t seen it to make a judgement and their worries about the movie are based on hearsay and what they’ve been told about the movie. If I were to put it to Disney, I’d say to release it for one month, let people see it, let people have their judgement based on what is in front of them rather than what they’ve been told about the movie and see what the final consensus is. I fully support the Black Lives Matter campaign, as a Gay man I’m only to familiar with the challenges of being discrimination and being the victim of hate and fear, I just feel it’s better the have the discussion with all the material there rather than have a discussion about something without anyone actually seeing it first.
So, you think they should actively release racist material that pushes the “happy slave” myth?
That’s not a “maybe”. That is exactly what it is.
They could then follow it up with “Da Furher’s Face” and a “Hiawatha” cartoon.
Scott Baio could then come on and explain “tradition” and “heritage” to all the kiddies before finally announcing Pixar’s jolly cartoon remake of “Birth of a Nation.”
For a conclusion, they go full on “Christmas Story” and run “Song of the South” 24 hours on Disney Channel for MLK day.
After that, maybe all the non-snowflakers could finally shut up about how not-racist the movie is.
There’s nothing racist in a bunch of animals running around. If you think there is, you’re the racist.
Or maybe Disney can just put it on their streaming service and those who want to watch it can and those that are triggered and offended can skip right over it and not watch but we all know that won’t ever happen. It’s just unfortunate that people who are offended by it and don’t want to watch it somehow think they know what I should or shouldn’t watch as well. I fully supported the black lives matter campaign when I thought it represented “ALL” black lives. But with all the murders happening to the black community in the inner cities (including children) and not a sound from black lives matter about that it’s pretty evident that only “SOME” black lives matter to their organization.
Ok, so do you suggest the same for “Birth of a Nation”?
Absolutely, and while watching if I don’t agree with it or find any other reason not to want to continue I’ll simply turn it off, and then I won’t go knocking on all my neighbors doors and tell them not to watch it because I didn’t like it. Who am I (or you) to tell other people what they should or shouldn’t watch or do?
I agree. Although disgraceful, it is a part of this and practically every other country’s history. The United States did not invent slavery. Whom does everyone think built the pyramids in Egypt?
Trying to erase works that depict life as it was those many decades ago won’t change the fact that it happened, and by not allowing those of this time period to see examples of it in any form, is to deny them the opportunity to learn from it so history does not repeat itself.
And again, if a show offends you, just change the channel. We’ve got thousands to chose from nowadays.
You don’t seem to grasp the “happy slave” myth.
It is not that slavery is depicted (no one is talking Roots here), it is depiction they were happy.
Please do some research.
From what I’ve read about the movie and it’s characters, Uncle Remus was a Freedman, and the others were sharecroppers, not slaves.
If you’ve seen the film, Uncle Remus was free to leave the property at his will.
LOVED THIS MOVIE ALL I KNEW OR NOTICE WAS THE DISNEY PEOPLE NEVER NOTICED ANYTHING ELSE AND LOVED THAT SONG , SANG IT THROUGH THE WHOLE RIDE
I wish the writer of this would have quoted Harris himself on why he wrote these stories…or rather wrote these stories down. He even explains why they were written a particular way. Uncle Remus was a Freeman. Are the books the same as the movie…no. One has to remember the books were published in the 1880s.
You mean the white writer.
The issue, with so much today is that we focus solely on race. Or gender. Or religion. The argument becomes one-sided, single-minded. And anyone who does not view it from that focal point is wrong.
We, as a whole, need to stop having such a focus and start to view things through a different lens. Connect with a person based on interest, or family style (or placement – are you the oldest/middle/baby of the family?), or hobbies. When we only connect on race/gender/etc, we lose so much.
I was in college when Iced-T’s “Cop Killa” album was the rage. His album and song focus was to commit a felony and he made a fortune from it. Fast-forward 25 years later and he was in a very “white” drama playing a cop. Oh how things come full circle. Now he sells auto insurance. Society did not persecute him for his past indiscretions. They did not stop him from pursuing a television role. They see his past as part of his past – and what makes him who he is today. Maybe still anti-cop. Maybe a friend to the “brothers in blue”. His album and songs can still be purchased and people can listen to them. Should we not allow people to listen to his albums? Is that my decision to make for the society-at-large?
I have seen the film and I wish I had someone like Uncle Remus to tell me stories and life lessons. I did not see him as black. I did not see him as repressing his life as a slave. Uncle Remus, despite all hardships, is not a bitter man. We need to not be so bitter – about everything. I saw a man who was welcoming, kind, full of knowledge, and someone many could learn from – if they just listen.
Maybe that’s what we need to do. Watch it and listen.
Save splash mountain !! This ride should not be re themed, but just updated a bit. Walt himself said that this movie should never be forgotten, yet they’re trying to wipe it out of existence. This movie is based off of old African-American folk that have been passed down from generation to generation. We should be educating the public about these stories not removing them. Keep the ride theme as is!
It’s only considered racist because a radical Gould of people say it is.
And those who want to erase the Splash Mtn ride because Came from this movie are even worse.
All this PC SJW garbage is just getting old.
A minor group of the American population are complaining. The problem is that they are very loud. But very Insignificant group that everyone is afraid of.
And they are absolutely ruining life for every other person in this country.
The movie is not racist. It’s just a story told DURING the time of or just after slavery.
It’s a fact of the American past. Just because you try to erase it does not mean it didn’t happen. The sooner we learn this the sooner we can learn from our past to correct the future. Because those who do not learn from their past are doomed to repeat it.
As we are currently dooming RIGHT NOW.
This article clearly demonstrates the liberals are the ones responsible for censorship. If you are scared to allow differing opinions, the you must realize the weakness of your opinions.
I’m black and I watched this movie yesterday to see what all the hub hub was about. Frankly, I didn’t see what all the hub hub was about. There are major Hollywood movies made in the last 5 years that are more deserving of contempt due to racial problems in front and behind the camera, especially with casting. Considering that those movies were not made in the 40’s make them all the more egregious (*coff coff “The Legend of Tarzan”).
Song of the South is a kids movie, seemingly best fitted for those 5-12, so no, I wouldn’t expect deep and dark themes and whatnot, but they MIGHT be there if you analyse closely enough or read into, and they are not negative themes. The blacks depicted were not slaves, they seem to be sharecroppers, common in the reconstruction period. Uncle Remus had agency as he could leave the plantation at anytime, and there was a reason why he wanted to go to Atlanta of all places. Some of it seems a bit distasteful through a modern lens; that the blacks seemed to unnecessarily subservient to the whites, especially at the end when the crowd was outside the house praying for the boy, or that the black kid was being led around by the white boy and girl, that the father mimicked the accent.
But those are still minor grips compared to the meaning of the story, which was about the power of stories, and that a rich white kid preferred to be in the company of a poor white girl, a black boy and an old black man despite protestations. I have more of a problem with The Princess and the Frog being a token movie in its entirety, made simply because of the optics of Disney never having made a Black human animated movie despite starring every single other ethnicity including a made up one. It was made AFTER all the cell animators were fired and they had to be rehired. And they blackwashed an Euro story instead of using a traditional Black story or writing an original one. AND the tradition of no black representation is recycling again with the CGI movies. Being one of the 2.5 black Disney movies ever made (I count The Lion King as 0.5), Song of the South is being buried because of pressure from who knows who, fake progressives most likely, but it seems to be par for the course, a course that hasn’t really changed even now.
The deepest meaning of the movie, the power of stories, is all the more ironic and meta, considering that Song Of the South is literally about censorship. About what people choose to see in stories. About fighting for the freedom to tell and hear stories. I choose to see this movie as record of real Black oral tradition stories, about how Blacks used stories and song to effect their lives not being gloom and doom and despair and fear 24/7s. It’s not coincidence that Brer Rabbit (Ingenuity and Survival) was always escaping from captivity, at the hands of Brer Bear (Ignorance and Brute force) and Brer Fox (Malevolence and Superiority). When he returned to the Briar Patch, I see that as symbolic of Blacks choosing, and fighting, to remain in America and make it a better place. I see a movie that gave celebrity to a Black Actor as lead, that invited him into millions of peoples’ homes to see that we were fully human after all. I think he deserves full credit and respect for that, not to be hidden away in some vault. Viewers are smarter than we are given credit for, and we don’t need to be coddled and parent blocked with this particular movie.
I just saw the movie. I liked it! There is nothing controversial about it on my opinion. It shows whites and blacks getting along just fine. People read way too much into movies. Just enjoy it for what it is. It has great songs and cool animation. People need to lighten up and stop being so easily offended! Anyone should be able to see this movie. I think it’s a shame that such a great movie is being held back from viewing. Disney should release it!
Did John Lee Hooker ever do the voice of Br’er Rabbit? If so, are there any audio clips of him?
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