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Racism in Disney is not completely unheard of. Disney Racism goes back to the beginning. Disney has racist cartoons dating back to the 50's. Disney's "The Princess and The Frog", opening December 11, marks the first time the Disney hero is African-American. When I watched the preview I thought, "This should be interesting". Disney isn't exactly known for it's cultural sensitivity. Granted, they've gotten better over the years, but I did notice that the African-American heroine in this film is only slightly darker than a white person with a good tan and was colored using the same paper-bag litmus test used to cast African-American women in hip-hop videos. And her prince is white, so way to promote positive Black love. This has been discussed in several forums, with Cracked.Com recently compiling a list of racist Disney characters, and star tribune discussion the films listed below. It will definitely be interesting to see people's reactions after the film's release in December.
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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Seven Racist Disney Cartoons
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Siamese Cats. Despite the complaints of the typical Asian stereotype of slanted eyes and pidgin diction common to films of this era, Disney still featured similar characters in 1970's The Aristocats.

It's a good thing we've moved past stereotypical portrayals of Asians. And it's good that McDonald's has embraced diversity and shown their support of the Asian community with this insightful tribute: http://www.myinspirasian.com/ Yeah. It's not a joke. see more on Lady and the Tramp
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Seven Racist Disney Cartoons
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First of all, the title is Jungle Book, so you're already walking a thin line. Second, the jive talking ape
(King Louie) was voiced by a white man. Finally that ape says, " "I want to be like you. Oh, yes, it's true. I want to walk like you, talk like you do. ... An ape like me can learn to be human, too." see more on The Jungle Book
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Seven Racist Disney Cartoons
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The portrayal of Arabs in this film as barbaric savages outraged Arab-Americans when this film was released. The original lyrics of the opening song Arabian nights, "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face. It's barbaric, but hey, it's home." were changed when the film was released for home video, "Where it's flat and immense, and the heat is intense, It's barbaric but hey, it's home"

It's a good thing recent historical events have changed American's perceptions of Arabs and Arab-Americans and they are no longer portrayed as barbaric. Unless you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. see more on Aladdin