Disney fans say Splash Mountain, a ride inspired by 'Song of the South,' should be re-themed
(CNN) — One of Disney's best-loved rides is based on a film widely considered the studio's most racist.
Splash Mountain, a mainstay at both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California, stars the animated characters from "Song of the South," the 1946 film long criticized for stereotypes of "spiritual" black men and its seemingly nostalgic view of the antebellum South.
Fans want to keep the ride. But they're asking Disney to scrap all mention of the movie.
A number of suggestions have cropped up urging Disney to retheme the popular ride. The most widely shared one proposes retooling it for "The Princess and the Frog," the first Disney film to introduce a black princess. Some of them have turned into Change.org petitions.
The petitions come at a time when companies -- and the country -- are reckoning with their own biases and, on occasion, racist histories.
I’ve been saying for a decade now that it’s only a matter of time before this happens. With today’s climate, I think it’s more likely an ever. Even Disney likes to pretend the movie Splash Mountain is based off of doesn’t exist.
coasterbill wrote:We live in a world where an online petition with very few signatures gets picked up by a major news network because “Hey, this will make people fight in the comments” and now it’s news.
Not to mention the short sightedness of the petition to begin with. WDW has the utilidors to maintain thematic integrity. New Orleans/Tiana dont fit into Frontierland. Could move the Country Bears from the Jamboree to re-theme it with if anything.
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