Cracked Magazine put together a list of Disney’s 9 most racist characters.
- Boy Thursday (1948)
- Uncle Remus in “Song of the South” (1946)
- The Indians in “Peter Pan” (1953)
- Sunflower the Centaur in “Fantasia” (1940)
- The Siamese Twin Gang in “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” (1989)
- King Louie in “Jungle Books” (1967)
- The crows in “Dumbo” (1941)
- Sebastian in “Little Mermaid” (1989)
- The Merchant in “Aladdin” (1991)
Oh Lordy, I remember dem Crows. Who doesn’t remember those doggone crows. Sigh. However the standout for me is the little known Sunflower the Centaur. Many are not aware of this character who was banned (removed) from the 1960 re-release of the film.
Cracked tried to link to the video below showing a clip from Fantasia. It’s sense been removed. You know Disney isn’t having that. Never fear, I found a clip on YouTube that includes Sunflower (about 1 min in). It’s crazy to see all these lovely white centaurs and all of a sudden…Bam… a shoe shining “jigga boo” black centaur. SMH It’s even sadder to me when the male centaurs come on the scene and all the white female centaurs are having their heads adorned for their dates, around 2:17 you see Sunflower again, with a sunflower in her hair, putting flowers all over someone else’s tail. The portrayals of black beauty that our foremothers had to deal with…shame. View it now before they take this one down, too.
I love what Cracked had to say about this character:
Even in Fantasia‘s beautiful, magical landscape, African centaurs are hoof-polishing handmaidens for prettier, Aryan centaurs. Also, 1940 was a great year to be a centaur fetishist and/or Don Imus.
Best (Worst?) Moment:
It was insulting enough for Disney to include the smiling servant stereotype to begin with, but, to make matters worse, they started categorically denying Sunflower’s existence with the Fantasia re-release in 1960. How does that possibly make things better? “No, you misunderstand. In our perfect, Fantasia world, Africans aren’t servants. They don’t fucking exist.”
Ouch. I’m sure a black person wrote that last line. 🙂 I actually wish more films were released on DVD with their racist content as a special feature. When this stuff is removed the public doesn’t have a chance to witness the kind of blatant racism that was so common in the media 60 plus years ago.