Racism In Disney's Zootopia

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Disney’s Zootopia is a production filled with a not so subtle hidden agenda. This movie focuses on specific discriminatory struggles that people face every day. Zootopia is a euphoric city where, “our ancestors first joined together in peace and declared that anyone could be anything” (Judy, Zootopia). Predator and prey are able to live in harmony after predators were able to overcome their biological urge to hunt prey. Once predators overcame their “savage ways”, the world became civilized. The option to become whoever you sought to be was now a possibility. The main character of our story, Judy Hopps, is a bunny from a small town about two hundred miles from Zootopia. Judy’s dream is to become a cop and movie to Zootopia to make the world …show more content…
Throughout the entire movie we see the separation between predator and prey even though they are living in a united society. The audience is lead to believe that predators are black and prey is white. There are many issues that are very pertinent today that this movie addresses. Although everyone is viewed as equal, subconsciously prey is innocent and predators are savage. One of the most racist scenes in Zootopia directly relates to discrimination prior to the Civil Rights Movement. This occurs when Nick goes into an elephant ice cream shop where they refuse to sell him a jumbo …show more content…
Judy is often referred to as being overly emotional and naive which are characteristics commonly associated with females. Nick even makes a comment about Judy being a bad driver which is also unjustly attributed to women. Judy was not the only one being discriminated in the workplace. Assistant Mayor Bellwether described her job to Judy as, “more of a glorified secretary” (Dawn Bellwether, Zootopia). Even though she held a high position in government, Assistant Mayor Bellwether was still not able to show her full potential because of discrimination. Luckily, Judy was able to take the sexism as a challenge to work harder whereas Bellwether just became evil. Sexism in the workplace is a major issue women are still battling today. Although we have come far, like the women in Zootopia we are still not being treated as equals to men. Judy is a great role model for young girls watching Zootopia because of her persistence and unwillingness to give up while others consistently put her

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