Wow, Disney Was So Damn Racist [Pic]

Submitted by: kitten_soup 5 years ago Weird

How was he able to build such a huge multi-billion dollar industry with cartoons like this? Were people more forgiving?
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Male 14,773
Disney was not a lot more racist than society at large, but they willingly played a key role in racial demonisation. I believe the logic was that they showed their patriotic colours to boost sales with the their allied partners who were 99% of their market at the time. By demonising the enemy, denegrating them and making them Untermenschen, soldiers were less inclined to hesitate before bombing, shooting and bayonetting those they were ordered to. Ironically, this was the same ploy the Nazi party used to encourage the ostracisation and murder of the Jews. So in short, Disney is no worse than the Nazi Party.
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Male 266
Zeitgheist people. Gengis Khan and Atila were just as bad as Hitler and nobody bitches about him. Hell, in night at the museum, Atila was a comic relief.
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Male 144
Everyone was doing stuff like this during WWII
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Male 5,811
Of course he was racist. Look at EPCOT or Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow. He basically divided that thing up giving nations he thought the best more space in it. Kinda creepy.
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Male 766
what do you think? they would idolize the enemy? you demonize them stupid . . . they are shooting at you!
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Male 319
Wow... People here are drating stupid. Of course they were racist. Pearl Harbor? WW2? Come on..
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Male 14,773
You should see Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs. Oh you can`t? That`s because Warner`s desperately trying to suppress it. Times have changed.
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Male 1,810
Japan`s Pearl Harbor attack was done without a formal declaration of war...in other words, it was a gutless, sneaky, stab-in-the-back move (according to int`l relations and diplomacy). Instant hatred ensued....
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Male 37,888
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Male 36,374
It was part of the wartime effort, nothing every other studio wasn`t doing too (if they wanted to avoid arrest).
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Male 33
"Were people more forgiving?" Are you serious? This comes from an era when their main audience was caucasian, and the US had been attacked by Japan. There was no politically correct mind-set. Wow! This site just keeps getting dumber. I guess I need to ignore the captions.
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Male 1,444
I think some people need to learn history and return to reality land.
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Female 535
These were part of the onslaught of "America is the Schit" comics following WW2. It`s no more racist than Captain America.
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Female 6,381
I`d bet a bundle that the Japanese were referring to "goggle-eyed big-nose `mellicans" or similar about the same time this was produced. In war, you want everyone to think your enemy is repellent.
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Male 2,033
Yeah, welcome to world war 2, IAB. I think WB`s "Nip those nips" with Bugs Bunny was much better, but whatever floats your boat.
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Male 253
I think it`s more insensitive to Don`s PTSD than racist.
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Male 1,045
It doesn`t matter if there was a war going on, it`s still racist.
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Male 145
Ford,General Motors,Pratt&Whittney, and too many others to mention turned there factories into war producing machines to kill the enemy.. does that make them racist??
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Male 2,085
we have come so far, from offending on one to offending everyone
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Male 145
Rick S...UUUUMMMMM Wrong??? Dec 7th 1941 a day that will live in infamy. The whole country wanted to kill us, have you ever seen some of the propoganda from the other side. Jesus,would you liberals stop thinking we should live in eutopia and come to the real world. This was NOT rasist!!
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Male 7,337
And Japanese Soldiers played `Catch the baby on the Bayonet` with Chinese babies.

And the Japanese killed ~ 6,000,000 Chinese, Indonesians, Koreans, Filipinos, and Indochinese, among others, including Western prisoners of war.

And Japanese conducted Human experiementation and biological testing. Would you like to be vivisected without anesthesia? Or have sections of your limbs frozen and amputated untill you were a living head and torso?

And Japanese practiced cannibalism on prisoners of war.

It was war. It was brutal, and the Japanese were none nice individuals. Donald Duck calling them `Nips` was the least of their worries.

None of the above has any bearing of Japan of today.

That cartoon was not a `crime`, but an accurate reflection of the mindset of the time. During World War II there was a very real fear (for good reason). And those Americans made real sacrifices. Ones I doubt this country today would be willing to suffe
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Male 30
Wow! It`s almost like something was going on in the world that made Americans hostile towards the Japanese!!?? Someone should look into that, and alert historians. Then we can look at it with 21st century eyes and feel all smug & poo with our altruism.
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Male 3,364
@Rick S.: While I couldn`t agree with you more, I had to LMAO at your post simply because it sounded EXACTLY like Beavis and Butthead`s teacher. Sorry, man :)
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Male 249
At least hitler had Leni Riefenstahl... So go figure by yourself
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Male 3,314
I think the important thing about this that we should all remember is that it was completely acceptable back then to be racist like this. Of course it`s not now, because we`ve come so far. But if we forget, we just might slip back there.

Saying "that`s just the way it was," while true, doesn`t point out how wrong it was, and how much better it is now.

But we also need to remember that we still have a way to go in reducing racism (I doubt it will ever be eliminated, unfortunately).
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Female 839
"This is one of the least of Disney`s crimes. All their most popular movies involve some sappy woman, waiting for some Alpha male to come save her, sad.

One of them involves an abduction, where the girl falls in love with her ugly captor, is this the message we want to send to girls?!?!

Weird and weirder."

Yeah Disney didn`t actually write Beauty and the Beast, like the vast majority of their films
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Male 526
that`s nothing new. walt dinsey was a racist, same with henry ford and thomas edison. disney may have looked friendly, but only to white people, probably why mickey is white, even though technically he should be brown.

but during the war, it was ok to make fun of japanese and germans. i remember watching those as a kid, maybe some 30 years ago, when popeye`s kids would come in and yell - i`m gonna kill me some japs with a machine gun sound. or watching bugs bunny in black face. that stuff doesn`t fly now well, they are gone - along with the fred flinstone`s smoking campaign.
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Male 65
Society in general used to be a lot more racist. People saw stuff like that and didn`t even blink.
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Male 270
This is one of the least of Disney`s crimes. All their most popular movies involve some sappy woman, waiting for some Alpha male to come save her, sad.

One of them involves an abduction, where the girl falls in love with her ugly captor, is this the message we want to send to girls?!?!

Weird and weirder.
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Male 510
Did the Japanese really call Americans round eyes? I wonder....
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Male 1,920
@CrakrJak
"The Japanese were really racist too..."

You speak like this is past tense.
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Male 2,376
Disney did alot more then that.. there evil
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Male 2,516
"Next they will be saying that calling them darkies is wrong."
I`ve got news for you...
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Male 3,310
Are we supposed to go through life slant-eyes wide shut? We aren`t supposed to notice distinguishing physical characteristics? I guess that makes me racist for noticing that people of color have darker skin than me. Next they will be saying that calling them darkies is wrong.
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Male 17,512
It was during world war 2, everyone was rather racist toward the Japanese. The Japanese were really racist too, not just toward Americans but Chinese, Koreans, Australians, Phillipinos, and Russians too.
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Male 226
disney participating in propaganda acts is something widely known. but i dont think you had a lot of option during that time
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Female 7,833
Well- I have heard many people acting like this about moslems, and `illegal immigrants`- it starts as a way to express dislike for an enemy- real or imagined, unfortunately it carries on long after the perceived enemy is no longer a threat. Often causing much trouble in its wake. Play nice folks..... I have to say I think Disney is also horribly sexist too.
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Male 1,231
This is just how people were during the war. Racism is generally stirred up in times like these as pro war propaganda, more than anything else.
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Male 171
I dont see the issue with the fact that disney was racist. So what? The population as a whole was racist. The governement was racist. And so on.

There is still more than enough racism going on nowdays, that your time would be better spent bashing modern day racists, instead of a company who was racist back when it was the norm, and has changed since then.
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Male 4,746
As jtrebowski pointed out, replacing Jap with Muslim gives you a better idea of, not only what they were thinking back then, but how this generation`s opinions on Muslims will be perceived in about 50 years. Be careful not to jump on the hatred bandwagon too quickly my friends.
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Male 14,330
WW2 look it up sometime.
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Male 7,378
No. People were more racist.
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Male 1,440
With wars, people tend to become racist against the enemy, also times were different back then.

Racist Disney Characters

Disney wasn`t the only company that had racism.

Warner Brothers did it to...

"The Censored 11"
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Female 313
Clearly this is from the 40s.
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Male 3,364
@Trudenter: Things haven`t changed that much. Substitute the word "Muslim" for "Japs", and it would, unfortunately, be considered modern.
@Dragonlord31: "WERE"??? Go back and look at the thread about the guy who punches a teenage girl at McDonalds.
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Male 96
meh, Disney has indoctrinated us with worse racist cartoons than this one. To be dead honest... I think it is hilarious. They even got a crow who has an accent similar to the ones slaves had, and they called this crow "Jim". Now that is racist, but damn it`s funny!
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Male 2,670
It`s possible that cartoon was drawn during World War II. Such languages and images were common then.

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Male 297
Gee, let me think. This was written when we were at war with Japan, so the Americans weren`t quite sympathetic for them. Politically correct, no. Appropriate for the situation and mentality of the time, yeah. Pick up a history book and maybe it would have made more sense."Those that don`t learn from history..."
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Male 1,229
MOre forgiving? NO. The culture was focused more on being American instead of some hyphenated version. This cartoon was probably drawn around the time of WW2 where the Japanese were an enemy.

Political correctness and a loss of the American identity has lead to people thinking that this is wrong.
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Male 3,364
Seeing that Huey, Dewey, and Louie look nothing like the Japanese, this says volumes about the type of duck going after them. Lay off the sauce, Donald.
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Male 625
Context, to answer your question my dear kitten_soup, context and different times
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Male 33
A lot of people were racist back in those days.
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Male 69
a different time
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Female 833
good ole` family racism folks.
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Female 243
Ha. That`s funny. A couple days ago our psych teacher gave us her rant about how she thinks Disney movies are evil because they are racist and sexist.
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Female 368
Link: Wow, Disney Was So Damn Racist [Pic] [Rate Link] - How was he able to build such a huge multi-billion dollar industry with cartoons like this? Were people more forgiving?
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