Whoopi Goldberg Wants Disney to Bring Back Song of the South. If we want to be very honest with each other, then we need to admit a conversation about race in this country is well overdue. Of course, that means in a civilized educated way. Not just regurgitating talking points that our politicians have created, but with an open mind and maybe listening to what the other side has to say. I mean let’s be honest there is a right side and wrong side of history to be on.
Just as relevant today as it was when originally written and discussed in 2017 Whoopi Goldberg, The View host, said “I’m trying to find a way to get people to start having conservations about bringing Song of the South back,” but for reasons that are just as important, she goes onto say “So we can talk about what it was and where it came from and why it came out.”
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We know this is going to elicit a strong response from people who will make comments on the post, without even reading the article, but a discussion in an educated way is exactly what we need right now, especially after the recent closing of Splash Mountain in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. While some have no clue why others may be offended by a ride, others are outright demeaning those that think the ride is not a great idea to have around in this day and age we live in.
At the same time, this is a historical film and ride and is in the public mind right now, which could lead the way for people to become educated on the history of the Song of the South, Race, and why or why not an under-represented community would be offended.
Whoopi Goldberg Wants Disney to Bring Back Song of the South
Ms. Goldberg also discussed other racial depictions in Disney movies including Dumbo, pointing to the controversial crows in the 1941 animated classic Dumbo, the film’s “jive-talking” birds, one of which was named Jim Crow after the racial segregation laws.
“I want people to start putting crows in the merchandise because those crows sing the song in Dumbo everybody remembers,” she said, referencing the tune “When I See an Elephant Fly.” adding “I want to highlight all the little stuff people maybe miss in movies.”
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