Well then, maybe I’ll go see a Disney film for the first time since that studio killed poor Old Yeller

Keith Reed

Mr. Keith Reed University of Iowa film critic and English scholar

The Daily – Iowan: Disney’s preaching white supremacy 

Zootopia is a film about a young rabbit, Judy Hopps, and her dream to join the police force in the world populated by anthropomorphic mammals. Judy is denied a high position in the police force and is assigned meter-maid duty. All animals are bipedal regardless of their species. The animals that are usually prey in the animal kingdom are the dominant force and look down upon the predators. Throughout the whole world of Zootopia, the predators are bullied by the prey, and this is an amazing shift from reality. There is a strange occurrence happening in the film that involves many predators disappearing and going “savage.” Going savage includes going back to their natural state, which means going back on all fours and attacking prey. 

I believe the message present in the film is an allegory to the current status of the white population in contemporary society. The majority of the people who were involved in the writing of this film were white. This aligns with my idea of the allegory present in the movie. The prey are akin to minorities of the world, in the way that they get preyed on by the predators, which are white people.

In the real world, this can be proved by the many killings of innocent minorities without any legal action taken. Many people know of the power that white America has over the country. Representation in media and other outlets is mainly whitewashed, and it is difficult to find accurate portrayals of minorities.

The United States was in fact stolen from the Native Americans. I think this movie is a call to arms for the dominant group of the world (white people) to take control of what was supposedly theirs. This is not the message that Disney should be either subconsciously or consciously inserting into its films, even though there is a sordid history with the messages present in their past films. 

The depictions of minorities in Disney’s movies have always been lacking. In the Princess and the Frog, the “princess” protagonist is portrayed as a lowly frog for the majority of the movie. In Aladdin, Middle Easterners are portrayed as “barbaric” in the movie’s opening song. That the minorities are prey is similar to the way that minorities have always been portrayed: as weak. 

Disney needs to be more careful with the message it sends in its movies. Children are impressionable, and people such as me with younger family members will watch these movies and realize that there is apparent racism in the films. Disney needs to diversify its writing team to allow for an equal and accurate representation of minorities in the world.

Those who worry about the modern state of education will be disappointed to learn that the author of this incomprehensible piece in a college newspaper, one Keith Reed, is a young, unemployed black man currently a senior majoring in English at the University of Iowa.

Let’s parse this a bit.

” The animals that are usually prey in the animal kingdom are the dominant force and look down upon the predators.”

So, that means the “prey” are dominant, right?

“[T] he predators are bullied by the prey, and this is an amazing shift from reality.”

So, in the real world, it’s predators who bully their prey. Gotcha.

“The prey are akin to minorities of the world, in the way that they get preyed on by the predators, which are white people.”

Okay: the film depicts  “prey” – black people – as the dominant race, a race that scorns and mistreats white people, but are also “preyed on” by white people. How can that happen, if they’re so dominant?.

“I believe the message present in the film is an allegory to the current status of the white population in contemporary society. The majority of the people who were involved in the writing of this film were white. This aligns with my idea of the allegory present in the movie.”

And that allegory, as young master Reed sees it,

is  I think this movie is a call to arms for the dominant group of the world (white people) to take control of what was supposedly theirs.”

So the dominant group is black in the movie,  but the dominant group is white in the movie, and that shows how racist Disney is, according to Keith Reed.

What it really shows is a perfect example of why Reed is still looking for a job, and the unfairness of affirmative action admission programs that allow illiterates to matriculate and even get as far as their senior year, with no education and no prospects for employment – except as a professor at a university, of course.

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25 responses to “Well then, maybe I’ll go see a Disney film for the first time since that studio killed poor Old Yeller

  1. I worked for Disney for three years. You cannot imagine a more liberal, inclusive, diversity officer everywhere you look kind of company. Even by California standards those people drink the kool-aid. I never talked about politics to anyone there, knowing how quickly that would get me put on the list of people to get laid off at the next opportunity.

    Anyone who sees racism in a Disney film has been smoking crack.

    • Anonymous

      You have to admit artistic people have a different way of seeing the world around them…But we do need artists…

  2. Anonymous

    Keith Reed, from the University of Iowa, is obviously can’t write, mostly because he lacks basic logic skills, which you have clearly pointed out. I am sure he is on track to graduate, while keeping up to the schools academic standards. The problem is that once he gets out of the collegiate cocoon and into the real world, he will find that he lacks skill sets to stay employed for very long at any for profit organization. Let’ face it, after reading his incoherent dribbler that makes no sense, would anyone on this blog hire this man? And ultimately when he has a hard time staying employed, I am willing to bet that he will cry racism and blame white privilege on his problems, when white and black, plus red, yellow, and green have nothing to do with it.

    And for those politicians who espouse the $15 an hour minimum wage, it is people such as Keith Reid they want to protect…

    • Which it won’t, of course, because the more expensive it is to hire unqualified people, the fewer will be hired.

    • Libertarian Advocate

      A shrewd manager will put him in charge of corporate governmental relations where he would be no doubt deal well with his governmental counterpart.

  3. Anonymous

    OT.

    During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor
    in December of 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945,
    “We the People of the U.S.A. ” produced the following:
    22 aircraft carriers
    8 battleships
    48 cruisers
    349 destroyers
    420 destroyer escorts
    203 submarines
    34 million tons of merchant ships
    100,000 fighter aircraft
    98,000 bombers
    24,000 transport aircraft
    58,000 training aircraft
    93,000 tanks
    257,000 artillery pieces
    105,000 mortars
    3,000,000 machine guns and
    2,500,000 military trucks
    We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa,
    invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day,
    marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and, ultimately,
    conquered Japan and Germany.

    It’s worth noting that during the almost exact amount of time, the Obama Administration couldn’t even build a web site that worked!

    • Libertarian Advocate

      It is also worth noting that it was the Democrat Party in charge during the whole time in both cases. What changed?

      • Anonymous

        Right wing conservatives took over the Republican party and Hyper Social Justice Warriors took over the Democratic party. Our school systems and higher educational institutions added fuel to the fire by indoctrinating our youth to left liberal policies, similarly to the way the Muslim religious zealots indoctrinate their youth to hate Christians and Jews.

    • Anonymous

      Yes. Benghazi ! ” investigation ” took longer. And cost almost as much ( kidding )

  4. Walt

    Dude –

    Disney was totally racist and anti-Semitic. He originally wanted to name Disney World ‘Auschwitz Land” and the only ride was the newly invented microwave oven. Luckily, he changed his mind.

    And all of his movies contained subliminal messages. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a poorly disguised gang bang flick. Bambi was a stripper in real life. Don’t get me started on Pocahontas. That little slut. And Donald Duck didn’t have a dick. What is that all about? A dickless duck?

    And his head is frozen next to Ted Williams. BATTER UP!!

    Your Pal,
    Walt

  5. Anonymous

    When Trump talks about making America great again, I don’t think he is talking about how many tanks we can build, but he is talking about us a nation that accomplishes much and being proud of our accomplishments, as well as being respected by the world. He is comparing us as a do nothing unrespected nation that we have endured during all the previous Democratic administrations since Reagan, who the Democrats despise.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Trump wants all Americans to be successful, regardless of race, creed, or sexual orientation. The elite liberal democrats hate him because he has little patience for political correct BS, when people are out of work and they needs good paying jobs. Snow flakes need not apply for jobs in his administration if he is elected. He will have little patience for the Valerie Jarrett types and an Attorney General who sends guns to Mexico and gets a government employee killed. This is why the Dems are so afraid of him. The rank and file Americans who vote Democrat will realize that the Democratic political machine is full of emperors with no clothes.

    As far as the local Democrats are concerned, the worst thing Trump could do is put in policies that actually get the down and out in Bridgeport paying jobs. Heaven forbid…. The Democrats could lose a significant block of voters.

    • Anonymous: your writing in support of Trump sounds like what you’d like to observe: that a “strong” man will come along and make right all that ails America, including Obama’s feebleness and the media’s bias. We all WISH to see such a thing.

      But let’s set aside wishes and projections, and instead look upon Trump with realism. He is juvenile, and ignorant of politics, which has never been an interest of his, until recently when he observed that running for President instantly multiplies the value of his “brand”, at no cost to him. Never having done any of this stuff, he says: “I’ll be great at military…economics….negotiating……healthcare……tax policy…….trade….”

      Choosing him for President because he says he’s “strong” is like choosing my eight-year old to do your brain surgery because he says he’s a superhero. They both claim to be super-competent.

      • Anonymous

        Hey, we have a Community organizer that doesn’t have any of those skills either.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, we get it (god, do we get it), you don’t like Trump. But, at least make your argument(s) against him less specious.

  6. housecat

    It’s amazing what kind of solipsistic horseshit gets written in college. I’m lucky my senior thesis isn’t available online. Talk about fucking embarrassing.

  7. Fatdaddy

    Speaking of Jack-Off’s that are helping destroy out country:

    Goats and submarines may seem like an improbable pairing, but in Connecticut the two are the making of a new partnership.
    The inside of the USS Hartford is decked out with Yard Goats merchandise thanks to a partnership between the Groton-based Los Angeles class-attack submarine and Hartford’s new minor league baseball team.
    Once top enlisted submariners on the boat achieve certain levels of competence, they get to wear a specially designed Yard Goats cap around the boat, according to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who recently spent an overnight aboard the submarine.
    The partnership means the team’s logo — a goat chomping on a baseball bat — will show up in some pretty obscure places, such as the northernmost part of the Earth. The Hartford is participating in an exercise in the Arctic.
    “When they go to really cool places like the Arctic, we ask that they grab one of the hats and put it somewhere,” said Mike Abramson, Yard Goats’ assistant general manager, explaining that the team’s followers love seeing paraphernalia pop up in unique places.
    A Hartford crewmember, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Echeandia approached Yard Goats’ management about the initiative. It’s common for partnerships to be formed with ships or submarines named in honor of a city, state or particular person.
    The close proximity of Hartford with the submarine’s homeport at the Naval Submarine Base makes activities between the team and the ship logistically easy to support. The Yard Goats, a Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, will play their first season this spring, and management plans to bring Hartford crewmembers and their families out on the field one night to honor them, Abramson said.
    The Navy actually has a long history with goats.
    Early on, goats were kept aboard ships to provide sailors with a source of fresh dairy products.
    The goats, which were preferred over cows for a number of reasons, including that they can swim, were kept in the chief’s mess to prevent the crew from milking them.
    Hence the name goat locker, Navy slang for the area aboard a ship where the chief petty officer holds meetings, eats and relaxes.
    The official mascot of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., is Bill the Goat.
    And Master Chief Charlie, a pygmy goat, served as the unofficial mascot of the Navy cruiser Lake Erie before he was removed from the ship last spring.

    HARTFORD BASEBALL–your tax dollars hard at work in the toilet that is Connecticut’s Capitol City.

  8. Anonymous

    **SPOILER ALERT**
    This isn’t even a good description of the actual plot of the movie.