Keith Reed, a student at the University of Iowa, is fed up with all of the racism depicted in Disney's animated movies. And in his review for The Daily Iowan about the studio's latest hit, Zootopia, Reed believes Disney has finally gone too far by sending a coded message to white people to take up arms and dominate minorities.
"Disney tried to pull a fast one with Zootopia," Reed states. He feels that the nostalgia of other films is now gone and Disney is all about white people all the time.
"The majority of the people who were involved in the writing of this film were white," Reed argues. "I believe the message present in the film is an allegory to the current status of the white population in contemporary society."
By all other accounts, and liberal ones at that, Zootopia is a progressive's dream movie. Using animals, Disney tackles racism and sexism through the different species to give social commentary on why it's important to be politically correct. And though Reed sees a similar thread, he flies off a whole different handle:
The animals that are usually prey in the animal kingdom are the dominant force and look down upon the predators. Throughout the whole world of Zootopia, the predators are bullied by the prey, and this is an amazing shift from reality. There is a strange occurrence happening in the film that involves many predators disappearing and going “savage.” Going savage includes going back to their natural state, which means going back on all fours and attacking prey.
The prey are akin to minorities of the world, in the way that they get preyed on by the predators, which are white people.
In the real world, this can be proved by the many killings of innocent minorities without any legal action taken. Many people know of the power that white America has over the country.
The United States was in fact stolen from the Native Americans. I think this movie is a call to arms for the dominant group of the world (white people) to take control of what was supposedly theirs. This is not the message that Disney should be either subconsciously or consciously inserting into its films.
Reed said that even young children will be able to pick up on this "call to arms" for white people and hopes Disney can recompense their past sins of similar portrayals of minorities in some of their earlier movies, like the "barbaric" Middle Easterners in Aladdin, or the princess who is a "lowly frog" in the Princess and the Frog.
While Reed is panning the movie's message, The Huffington Post is recommending it to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz to "teach him a lot about the problem with racial profiling."