Feminist Writer Claims ‘Aladdin’ Is Racist And Should Be Rewritten

The Disney classic movie, Aladdin has just been called ‘racist’ by feminist writer, Scarlett Curtis.

During an appearance on a Good Morning Britain debate panel, Curtis suggested that the movie included both sexist tropes and cultural appropriation.

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Curtis, who’s the author behind the book Feminists Don’t Wear Pink, also suggested that the fairytale should be rewritten to better suit modern days, removing the cultural appropriation, the sexist tropes, and giving it a more feminist ending.

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Debating against novelist Adele Parks, Curtis explained that fairytales can be easily rewritten, seeing as they are constantly being “retold and retold and retold” and don’t have a sacred base text they can rely on, seeing as they differ greatly from the original fairytales which tend to be “very dark and had a lot of sad endings.”

She added that since they changed the originals to give them a happy ending, “now we could have some that had feminist endings.”

But, some Disney fans were not impressed with Curtis at all, and they showed their disagreement through Twitter:

However, she is not the only one who thought that the 1993 movie was a little racist. At the time of its release, the movie was criticized for portraying the villainous characters with more prominent Middle Eastern features and accents, whereas the main characters, who were also Middle Eastern, were portrayed with lighter skin and American accents.

Right after the movie was first released, Richard Scheinin, a journalist at The Washington Post, wrote:

For many Arab Americans and Muslims, the film is not innocent, funny or particularly triumphant. Many of its characters are portrayed as grotesque, with huge noses and sinister eyes. And they are violent, willing to chop off the hand of a woman who steals an apple for a hungry child.

Such caricatures exemplify the negative stereotyping with which Hollywood and the media have stamped Arabs and Muslims for nearly a century, these critics say. The sting of Aladdin is particularly intense because it is a high-profile Disney release, playing to massive audiences, including impressionable children.

Watch Scarlett Curtis defending her argument here:

Well, maybe this will happen in the upcoming live-action adaption of the movie, which will be staring Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as the villainous Jafar.

Do you agree with Curtis? Should we re-write the classic fairytales to be a better representation of modern times or are they better left as they were? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Source: Unilad