Disney commits to changing Splash Mountain’s ‘Song of the South’ theme

Disney commits to changing Splash Mountain's 'Song of the South' theme

The recent movement of protests against police brutality and white supremacy in the United States have enabled many American institutions to rethink their contributions to a culture that systematically disenfranchises Black Americans. One such company is Disney, which committed to changing the theme of one of their parks’ most iconic attractions. 

Splash Mountain, which appears at Disneyland in California, Walt Disney World in Florida, and Tokyo Disneyland, has long been critiqued for drawing its theme from the outrageously racist 1946 film Song of the South. The maligned movie, which revels in despicable stereotypes of freed African-American slaves in the antebellum south, was and is sufficiently offensive to provoke outrage upon its release and is considered a visible stain on Disney’s legacy — Song of the South has never been released on home video and was excluded from the company’s 2019 launch of Disney+. Read more…

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