Forget Prince Charming, forget Aladdin, forget Simba, your 21st century Disney Prince should accurately reflect the values of the multi-billion dollar empire that now owns not only Disney but the Star Wars Franchise and the Marvel Universe as well.
For a company that has long sold fairytales and adventures where the little guy wins against all odds and the evil empire crumbles because of a few plucky heroes fighting for freedom and love, the Disney corporate machine sure has backed the wrong horse.
If you haven’t heard this is currently what China is doing to its Uighur Ethnic minority in its Xinjiang Province.
- Creation of political reeducation camps and interning more than 1 million Uighurs.
- Tracking applications and local spies to limit freedom of movement and speech
- Separation of families
- Forced sterilization of Uighur Men and Women
- Tortured and killed dissidents and activists
According to the Asia Society:
“Human rights advocates and journalists estimate that Chinese authorities have detained up to one million Uighurs indefinitely in euphemistically named “re-education facilities,” where detainees are allegedly cut off from the outside world and subjected to torture. Uighurs both in and outside of Xinjiang have also reported severe restrictions on their personal freedoms — police checkpoints are ubiquitous across the region’s cities, and technology such as facial recognition software and tight internet censorship have enabled authorities to impose Orwellian-like controls on the population.”
But Disney does not seem to care about these reports and more. They recently filmed the Mulan remake in Xinjiang, going so far as to thank Xinjiang’s propaganda office for helping them in the filming of the movie in the credits.
Not only that but Disney’s CFO Christine McCarthy said the following in response to being confronted about the controversy.
“It has generated a lot of publicity. Let’s leave it at that.”
I guess if Disney were to remake all our childhood classics, maybe its time that they updated the characters to correctly reflect the company values. Luke Skywalker can join Darth Vader, Aladdin can backstab Jafar and take his place and Scar can grant special filming privileges to a cartoon company for bucket loads of money.
At the very least, Prince Charming should be reimagined to accurately reflect the company’s values. Make him one of those husbands who impose curfews on their wives, physically abuse them, and gaslight them.