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Expert Claims Beauty And The Beast Is 'Dangerous' And Aladdin Is 'Racist'

Expert Claims Beauty And The Beast Is 'Dangerous' And Aladdin Is 'Racist'

An expert has claimed that some Disney films - beloved and enjoyed by children everywhere - might actually be more damaging to kids than anyone thinks.

This all according to Dr. Victoria Cann, a lecturer at the University of East Anglia.

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Dr. Cann lectures in humanities and says that Beauty and the Beast is the 'most dangerous' film in Disney's repertoire of animated flicks.

Emma Watson in the live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'. Credit: Disney
Emma Watson in the live-action 'Beauty and the Beast'. Credit: Disney

She explained to The Sun: "This [film] is the most dangerous because the Beast always feels on the verge of violence.

"It also gives the unnerving idea that if a woman perseveres long enough, she can change an angry partner.

"At the end, the beast then turns into this blonde-haired white man for another happy ever after, giving the idea that now he's good looking, he can't possibly be angry or threatening."

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Cann also told how the story is a tale of Stockholm Syndrome, whereby Belle eventually develops affection for her captor.

Fair enough, we're all entitled to our opinion.

Oh, she also said that she thinks that the 1992 Disney favourite Aladdin is 'racist'. That's because all of the good characters are pale-skinned - such as Jasmine and Aladdin - but the 'baddies' are all darker skinned.

That's all well and good, but it's also worth remembering that one of the good guys is blue and one of the baddies is a parrot.

Can you see a difference? Credit: Disney
Can you see a difference? Credit: Disney

Another academic, Dr Laura Coffey-Glover, who teaches at Nottingham Trent University, took aim at another Disney kid's classic - Snow White.

She told the same newspaper that Snow White presents an unrealistic expectation for young girls. After all, she's skinny and lives in a house with seven blokes.

Seriously though, there might be something in her argument that a lot of Disney films involve a helpless woman being swept off her feet by a male saviour.

There is also an issue of consent in Sleeping Beauty. After all, the titular character gets rescued in the end by a kiss that happens without explicit consent. That can't be that good a message to send, can it?

Ask first, people. Credit: Disney
Ask first, people. Credit: Disney

Dr. Cann added that this helps to 'normalise men's sense of entitlement over women's bodies'.

Despite all this, the experts say that things are changing. In recent years we've had things like Frozen that have presented a different approach to female lead characters.

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Topics: Entertainment News, Disney, Film, TV and Film, Interesting

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

 

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