Saturday, December 12, 2009

Disney parody video pokes fun at Jews  

I saw this on Huffington Post, and it made me think. It's a parody video that basically shows Disney filmmakers constructing a movie about the first "Jewish American Princess," entitled Rachel and the Dragon.

I'll admit: this made me laugh a bit. But I was upset and offended more than I was amused. In my first Women's Studies class ever, we discussed the "JAP" stereotype and how harmful it is, and it was the first time I had looked at Jew jokes as anything other than innocent fun. As a Jewish woman, you would think I would have realized that earlier, but I was a naive teenager at the time. Jews are an oppressed people, and no matter how much time passes and how much things improve for Jewish people around the world, we will always have that history of being oppressed, harassed, and stereotyped. Because of that, you don't make jokes like this. You just don't.

My roommate also pointed out that if this same video had been made based on stereotypes surrounding people of color, it would never be posted by Huffington and tweeted and retweeted by people who find it hilarious. Why is this?

But most of all, what disturbed me was the fake movie poster they made for Rachel and the Dragon. The "JAP" portrayed on the poster is extremely stereotypical: wild brown hair, too much makeup, large nose, cell phone, irritated expression. And what this portrayal instantly reminded me of was the anti-semitic posters the Nazis once distributed as propaganda:

I realize that the whole Rachel and the Dragon parody isn't anywhere near the hatred popularized during the Holocaust, but stereotypes and seemingly "harmless" jokes are what fuel that hatred. You cannot tell me that Bill O'Reilly calling Dr. George Tiller (may he rest in peace) "Tiller the Baby Killer" didn't have some effect on his eventual death.

I just ask that people think before they make these jokes or laugh at them. They are more harmful than we think.

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6 comments: to “ Disney parody video pokes fun at Jews

  • December 12, 2009 at 4:40 PM  

    I feel sick to my stomach after watching that. You're right about what if they had made a parody video targeting another race. But I think there's something else sinister going on here, the fact that it would be such a joke to make a Disney movie about a Jewish princess. This video might be funny because the subject matter isn't worth taking seriously. Ugh. Disney, leave me and my people alone!

  • May 25, 2011 at 4:08 PM  

    Honestly I didn't find the funny thing in this video, I mean, why you not posted something more boring?... I know, because it doesn't exist. What a crap of video!!!

  • June 13, 2011 at 3:59 AM  

    How can you begin to compare that anti-semitic poster to this funny motion picture's 'poster'?

    @Lauren... Disney didn't make this video you goddamn nincompoop

  • November 25, 2011 at 3:22 PM  

    hatters gonna hate :)

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