Fans want to keep driving. But they are asking Disney to abolish all mentions of the film.
Petitions come at a time when the company – and the country – faced with their own biases and sometimes racist history.
Problems with “Songs South”
The stars of mountain stars Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, along with all the ducks and chickens and frogs that share their Southern home, culminating in a tall cap that sends riders straight through a thorny myth. But the animated characters appearing in their entirety arose from the 1946 film “Song of the South,” best known for the song “Zip-a-dee-doo-breath.”
Princess Diana (back row, R) rode Mount Splash in the 1993 Magic Kingdom of Disney.
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The history of Brer Zec is also controversial.
Harris witnesses told the old man, a black man named Uncle Remus, the son of the owner of the plantation test himself with tales of Brer Rabbit and his companions. Those stories as the basis for “Songs in the South.”
Today, scholars and readers say Harris ’stories use unquestionably racist stereotypes.
CNN reached out to Disneyland and Walt Disney World for comment and is waiting to hear.
Discussion of racism in older films
National protests against racism and white supremacy are reviving years of talk about how art created over the past decade should be viewed – as racist and insensitive or a relic of a separate time.
Disney cast members want changes, too
Frederick Chambers, who said he works at Disneyland in California, told CNN that his colleague shared the “re-theme of the Splash Mountain Challenge.”
Chambers, who for years has developed the idea to change the subject drive in “The Princess and the Frog” and on it is often talked to his colleagues’ members acting “, the same idea was discussed in Disney fan circles.
“Turns out a lot of people see the same problems with attractions I do,” he said.
Chambers said he believes the theme is “very compelling,” noting how Disney did it before: In a few months, Disney California Adventure Park changed the theme of its “Tower of Terror” ride based on the “Twilight Zone,” Marvel’s. Guardians of the Galaxy “.
“The bones of attraction are good, but I think it’s time to take a serious look at where our stories come from and how people in color are represented on screen and in parks,” he said.
Now, the updated scene shows a pirate – women animatronics that were auctioned in the old scene among them – auction items from the village in which they plundered.