The song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and Mr. Baskett received an Academy Honorary Award for his performance as Uncle Remus. However, since its release, the film has stirred controversy due to its depiction of African Americans and plantation life, which many critics have described as racist.
Disney’s apparent pandering to politicians is concerning. I believe that we can eliminate the stench of racism through inclusion. I am known as “Uncle Gregory,” I was born in New York City with a victim mentality. However, I am grateful to know that nothing is holding me back except for gravity and a lack of hard work.
Giclee canvas print, size 24.5″ x 18″
Disney removed Song of the South for what reason?
Disney chairman Bob Iger, born into a Jewish family in New York City, stated to shareholders in 2020 that the movie “Song of the South” is no longer appropriate today. The movie used racist tropes and portrayed a utopian image of race relations in the pre-Civil War South.
There is a popularity contest in Florida between Walt Disney World and Governor Ron DeSantis. The governor has decided to challenge Disney, which has imposed its morality on traditional American values in the name of political correctness. I believe it is appropriate for Ron DeSantis to focus on this media group that has too much influence on our children. Many influential people believe that sweeping history under the rug is the solution to empowering all Americans for tomorrow.
Walt Disney spent many years researching the public’s political views before making Song of the South. He was a big fan of the Uncle Remus stories written by Atlanta newspaper columnist Joel Chandler Harris. Harris lived on a plantation called Turnworld, which was owned by Joseph Addison Turner, a publisher and slave-owner. During the Civil War, Harris worked for Turner on The Countryman, a Confederate newspaper. However, he also spent a lot of time in the slave quarters, listening to the stories shared by Turner’s slaves. After the war, Harris began writing for the Atlanta Constitution, and his Uncle Remus stories made him famous. The stories were centered around the character Uncle Remus, who told outlandish tales involving mischievous forest animals like Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear. The stories were written in an exaggerated and caricatured version of a Southern Black dialect of the time.
The digital painting depicts the New York Yankees attacking the Southland of America and Uncle Remus. The Library of Congress has live recordings of formerly enslaved individuals discussing life in the South before their deaths. Click Here