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What’s More Offensive: Aladdin or Song of the South?

17 Sep

Entertainment Weekly Online has published EW’s list of the Top 25 Most Controversial Movies Ever. Disney’s 1992 Aladdin is listed at spot #23

I was surprised by many of the omissions from the list . Where was Cruisin’, which brought out protesters in droves to voice their opposition to its stereotypes of gay sadomasochistic murder? How about Hail Mary, which my then-roommate George and I ran to see in a hurry, after hearing that nuns were picketing the theatre in their outrage over a sensual solo scene of the Virgin Mary? Where was Song of the South, which Disney periodically reassures the public they won’t release on DVD, given its deeply disturbing racial stereotypes?

Surely any of these three was more controversial than Aladdin, which made repairs to its offensive lyrics (though I’ll admit there are still some cringe-worthy moments) and has subsequently spawned two sequels with little if any public outcry. You don’t see Disney planning Song of the South 2, do you?

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