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Stereotype of the Month Entry

Another Stereotype of the Month entry:

From: Tim Hundsdorfer <timh@ucar.edu>

My wife came home with a copy of Peter Pan the other night. I didn't remember it, but it seemed pretty innocuous.

I was cooking while my daughter (3) was watching and it came to the part where they sing "Why is the Red Man Red?" and my jaw dropped. It got worse and I had to turn it off and explain that things like this are hurtful.

Now comes the worst part: I took it back to the video store and explained how racially insensitive the movie was and asked for a refund, because my daughter couldn't watch it—"It hurts people," she interjected. The clerk said they don't give refunds for content, to which I replied that offensive content is generally labeled, but in this case it was not. She said that no one had complained about the movie before and I asked to speak with a manager. When I told the manager that I found the movie offensive and felt it should be labeled as racially offensive, he said that he would never be able to rent a children's movie that was labeled as racially offensive.

The rest is pending, but for good, old fashioned Amos and Andy stereotyping, it's hard to beat the classics from Walt Disney—all of which are still for rent at your grocery store.

Related links
Tiger Lily in Peter Pan:  an allegory of Anglo-Indian relations
Pocahontas bastardizes real people
"Marriage or bust" for Disney's women
Savage Indians

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