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Lessons from classic children’s movies

In For the bad of mankind on March 19, 2012 at 15:52

All is sweet and innocent when you’re a child. You get the just of the theme, the lesson from a movie but not until you’re an adult do you realise what movies are really trying to say.

Princesses and fairy tales

So you’re 35, single and prince charming is where? Or… you’re 40, the kids are obnoxious, husband is a deadbeat and a cheat, divorce papers are ready to be signed.  Now, don’t think fairy tales cannot come true because Miss Middleton was a commoner turned Princess. Not bad! Don’t be discouraged. Love does exists.

Pocahontas 

This is the most racist movie of all and it’s from Disney. How did they get away with it?! This must have been former president George W. Bush’s favourite movie as a kid.  We all remember skipping happily to school while swinging our lunch boxes back and forth singing Savages:

What can you expect 
From filthy little heathens? 
Their whole disgusting race is like a curse 
Their skin’s a hellish red 
They’re only good when dead ….

They’re savages! Savages! Barely even human.
Dirty redskin devils! 
Now we sound the drums of war!

Wizard of Oz

A classic and all time favorite. We love you forever Judy Garland. There is a slight concern with the message. A young woman embarks on a journey to discover something beyond the rainbow and along the way meets some interesting friends, all with different aspirations. In the end she realizes that home is where she belongs: “I learned that if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire, I won’t look any farther than my own backyard.”

That’s sexist! The four friends, male of course, are all given their request but a woman has only one place. Well only if diamonds and clothes are part of the deal then we don’t really have a problem with this.

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