Disney´s Aladdin: Negative Sterotypes of Arabs

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Orientalism in western pop cultural is something that occurs more than most of us realizes, weather it's a popular TV show, movie, comic book, or even a catchy song on the radio. Exploitation of Arabs seems to be a very popular subject in many western pop cultural artifacts. Even when it comes to children’s movies exploitation of eastern cultures often still exist. The children’s Disney movie Aladdin may not be so innocent after all, this movie portrays negative stereotype on Arabs. (Wingfield & Karaman, 1995) This children’s movie discriminates Arabs as violent, poor, and thefts. Through images, scenes, and even songs this movie portrays racism towards Arabs. The most controversial of all is opening song of the movie titled “Arabian nights”. The lyrics read "Oh, I come from a land, From a faraway place, Where the caravan camels roam, Where they cut off your ear If they don‘t like your face, It‘s Barbaric, but hey, it‘s home."(Wingfield & Karaman, 1995) These lyrics were thought to be so offensive that The American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC) got involved. Wingfield & Karaman, 1995) Disney agreed to change the original lyrics to the song. The new lyrics read "It‘s flat and immense, and the heat is intense. It‘s barbaric, but hey, it‘s home.” (Wingfield & Karaman, 1995) Although the lyrics improved many Arabs don't consider this much progress, and still see the new lyrics as racist. (Wingfield & Karaman, 1995) PG rated movies

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