Fairy Tale Month Special
The Disney Me
By: Sheal Berube
What do I like about Disney? Actually, I don’t particularly care for Disney or Disney movies. I can take them or leave them to be honest. I’ve never been much into the fluffified versions of Brother’s Grimm or the perversion of peoples and their cultures by Disney.
I find the misappropriation of Pocahontas and the actual historical woman that it tries to portray rather disconcerting in particular. “White man’s interpretation” of Native American history and peoples. Being a mother of Metis children (and a wife of a Metis husband) only serves to solidify that stance.
Some would argue that Disney started out in an era where that kind of behavior was, then, acceptable but why should it be now? Granted, my two preferred movies (I wouldn’t call them favorite, but I don’t mind them) appropriate culture and peoples from both Chinese and Maori cultures. However, I find them to be the most accurate two movies about those two cultures and peoples (the modern-day Chinese and Maori may argue that, but they know their culture and people better than an Irish Quebecer would, I concede that wholly and fully).
To me, as an Irish Quebecer, culture and people are everything. Ancestral roots is everything and should be respected. Disney doesn’t have a great track record with that now do they, then again neither does Hollywood.