Stereotypes And Stereotypes Of The Movie ' Song Of ' The Roustabouts ' From Dumbo '

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Regardless of your standing in society, people struggle with who they are. Movies, music, and media only make things harder for these individuals, typically because of stereotypes. I will provide several instances where stereotypes are expressed in unneeded areas at an early age. One major instance that I feel is completely unnecessary is the “Song of the Roustabouts” from Dumbo. This portion of the movie depicts black figures “slaving” by hammering tent stakes during a storm at night. The figures sing “We work all day, we work all night. We never learned to read or write. We slave until we’re almost dead.” “Keep on working, Stop that shirking. Pull that rope, you hairy ape.” Also, the crows speak the stereotypical old time African American Jive. Coincidentally, the leader of the crows is named Jim Crow. Obviously this is a reference to the Jim Crow laws. During the Pastoral Symphony in Fantasia, the uncensored version shows a darker skinned centaur child polishing an old centaur’s hooves and putting flowers in her tail. The older centaur proceeds to run off and the flowers fall out. The centaur child is then agitated and follows the older one to put the flowers back in the tail. This is clearly a portrayal of slavery. In ArisoCats, the Asian cats are stereotypical with their buck-teeth, slanted eyes, and heavy accents. The Asian stereotype is further expressed by saying “Shanghai, Hong Kong, Egg Foo Yung! Fortune cookie always wrong,” while playing the piano with…

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