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Lib Professor: Disney is Racist, and Only Black People Like Jazz
Townhall.com ^ | 4-29-2014 | Michael Schaus

Posted on 04/29/2014 2:16:34 AM PDT by servo1969

Don’t you just love classic Disney movies? Animated cinematic adventures that espoused the importance of life values, growing up, and racism… Well, that’s what some lefty professor is arguing at Syracuse University. Apparently, the Jungle Book is just chock-full of racism (and not because of “man-cub’s” strange desire to remain uncultured). Professor Robert Thompson told Yahoo Movies (um… this article was forwarded to me – like most people, I don’t actually visit Yahoo Movies) that the Jungle Book is racist because of something to do with Louie Armstrong.

Apparently, when Mowgli meets the Ape King, young children are being brainwashed with Disney-Technicolor to hate African Americans… King Louie, after all, is a representation of the American Negro, according to the overly sensitive professor. (Seriously, can we just allow something from my childhood to remain untouched by liberals?) According to CampusReform:

Critics have stated that the scene where the ape character, King Louie, sings "I Want to Be Like You” to the human character, Mowgli, he is not just a cartoon animal wishing to be human. Rather, Louie represents an African-American stating that he wants to be a member of the white race, which is represented by Mowgli.

Wow… Now who’s racist? I always figured King Louie was just a power-hungry primate that saw Mowgli as the animal-kingdom-equivalent of a “get-rich-quick” scheme. But, then again, I was six when I first saw the movie. Of course, it gets better:

When Professor Sharpton Thompson was informed that King Louie was actually voiced by Louis Prima (an astoundingly talented Italian singer), he didn’t back off of his comments:

The song is [still] racist, regardless of who sings it, because it has a jazzy tone similar to Louis Armstrong’s music.

Oh… So the song sang in the Jungle Book by a prominent Italian American is derogatory toward African Americans because it was set to the traditionally “Negro” sound of jazz music. (Full disclaimer: This was not my intuitive leap… I’m merely rephrasing the esteemed professor’s contention.) So, apes and jazz are indicative of black people, according to Professor Thompson… But Disney was the racist, right?

Wait: It gets better still. As Disney is ramping up to do (another) remake of the classic animated film, Thompson has taken it upon himself to make sure the new version is politically correct. One fear that PC-minded professors have had in the past, is that racism might still creep through because King Louie spoke “differently than other characters” in the original film.

I mean, sure, Larry the Cable guy speaks differently than most comedians; but I don’t exactly see a bunch of trailer-trash Lynyrd Skynyrd fans upset about every southern accent that comes across the silver screen. (Although, I do see a few angry emails in my immediate future for that last sentence… Full disclosure: Much of my family comes from the south, and is even related to Stonewall Jackson. Love y’all!)

DePauw University professor Jeffrey M. McCall said, "The King Louie character can have his speaking mannerisms updated in a way that suggests he speaks in a manner similar to other characters.” Right. Because nothing quite epitomizes the fire-hungry chimp like an upper-crest Oxford accent. Hey, maybe he and Shere Khan could be done by the same actor. (Which brings up another point: How come no one finds it racist that the power-obsessed tiger has a King James command of the English accent?)

I know it seems a little useless to tell a couple of PC-obsessed academics to “chillax”… But, c’mon! We’re talking about an animated movie (about a “man-cub”) that was made in 1967. Don’t ya think we could just ease back on the social-psycho-babble for roughly 90 minutes, and enjoy the amazingly groovy jazz music that was highlighted throughout the film? (Oh, which reminds me: Baloo appears to be a welfare king, judging by his signature song. That’s not racist, is it?)

I actually feel kinda bad for Professors Thompson and McCall… They can’t even watch a classic Disney movie (with a Louis Prima soundtrack) without thinking about some black guy blowing on a trumpet. Walt Disney might have had his own personal character flaws, but it kinda seems like these two academic hacks are a little overly obsessed with racist tendencies.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: academic; disney; jazz; michaelschaus; negro; politicalcorrectness; racebaiting; racialpolitics; racism; racist
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Professor Robert J. Thompson, SJ. (Super Jenius)

1 posted on 04/29/2014 2:16:34 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969
The producers wanted Louis Armstrong to play the King Louie role, but feared it would be considered racist.
2 posted on 04/29/2014 2:21:04 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: servo1969

“When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are...”

Yeah, that sounds racist to me.


3 posted on 04/29/2014 2:21:10 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: servo1969

I like jazz...

Just sayin’....


4 posted on 04/29/2014 2:27:28 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: servo1969

If only black people liked jazz there wouldn’t be any.


5 posted on 04/29/2014 2:28:53 AM PDT by Misterioso
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To: Misterioso

You folks didn’t know that?


6 posted on 04/29/2014 2:29:39 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: servo1969
Journey to the Disney Vault
7 posted on 04/29/2014 2:29:40 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: servo1969

Actually, my mother was on to JB back in the ‘60s and didn’t want us to watch it for just this reason.


8 posted on 04/29/2014 2:32:09 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: servo1969

So tell me what group of people like rap music and what group of people like country music? Why do these people keep trying to drag race into everything? I’m so sick of it!


9 posted on 04/29/2014 2:33:26 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: servo1969

He looks like a pasty white moron.


10 posted on 04/29/2014 2:34:45 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Stop wishing for a perfect world. You may get it. Who will you talk to then?)
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To: DoughtyOne

How about you and me split a watermelon and some fried chicken? I like jazz too, except I find “smooth jazz” to be dull and boring.


11 posted on 04/29/2014 2:36:06 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: servo1969
As a youngster, I learned the trumpet. I aspired to be as good as my hero, Louie Armstrong. My buddies even called me "Satchmo". That was the highlight of my short career.

Even today, when I hear a trumpet player, I mentally compare him to Louie Armstrong. Does that make me a racist?

12 posted on 04/29/2014 2:46:21 AM PDT by snowtigger
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To: DoughtyOne; Misterioso

“Only Black People Like Jazz”
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Wow, that is a new twist. I wonder what Dave Brubeck and the other greats would have to say about that?


13 posted on 04/29/2014 2:52:40 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: servo1969

"I want to be like you" sung by Louis Prima.

Sicilian.

14 posted on 04/29/2014 3:12:29 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Cboldt

try Grover Washington - Mr. Magic. It should afford you about 1000 hours of listening pleasure...


15 posted on 04/29/2014 3:17:14 AM PDT by shineon
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To: servo1969

In the world of the modern Left, if you aren’t being overtly racist to promote non-whites, then you are clearly a racist.


16 posted on 04/29/2014 3:19:06 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: MagnoliaB
Why do these people keep trying to drag race into everything?

Wait a minute - how did we get to drag racing?

;-)

17 posted on 04/29/2014 3:22:23 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: servo1969

I suppose the learned professor thinks blacks have “natural rhythm”.


18 posted on 04/29/2014 3:22:23 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: servo1969

Just remake “The Jungle Book” and make it true to Kipling.

Movies & TV today which are aimed at an audience younger than 18 seem to start with Barney/Sesame Street then a brief transition through Shrek then jump right into the whole vampire/zombie mess.

There are exceptions to this morass of junk. Pixar comes up with some good ones - “Up” springs to mind.

Back in the hey-day of movie theater attendance, studios would serialize movies of various heroes and other characters. Kids (and adults) looked forward to the latest adventures and escapes of their heroes. We also have that today. Look at the successes of the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Ironman and X-Men franchises.

Produce the Jungle Book(s) as a series. The full Mowlgi story, Toomai of the Elephants, Riki-Tiki-Tavi and all the rest. Make them accurately follow Kipling. Give the little kids the “Just So Stories”. Kipling is evenhanded in his treatment of Indians of various castes, the colonial British and the various animals. Each has good characters and also their share of idiots and scoundrels. There are no “African-Americans” or LGBTQRXYZs, so the grievance industry hopefully will go elsewhere.


19 posted on 04/29/2014 3:24:57 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "...[willful] ignorance is the opiate of academic elites." - Mike Adams [BN edit])
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To: snowtigger

Doesn’t make you a racist but probably does mean that you never heard Bix Beiderbecke play “I’m Coming Virginia”


20 posted on 04/29/2014 3:25:27 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Cboldt

I’ve made a social notation of the high number of whites that oddly list jazz as one of their favorite types of music, yet never, never listen to it.

My theory is that its an expected and socially accepted answer to “What kind of music do you like?” Just like people will list books they’ve never read or read once in English Lit, as a “favorite book”.

I’m like you, I find smooth jazz dull and boring.


21 posted on 04/29/2014 3:26:59 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

Music that is more celebrated than listened to. A burst of jazz in a commercial will get attention. An hour of it, as you say, boring.

Part of the original context of jazz is as total improvisation. Composed jazz is almost a contradiction in terms. At a genuine jazz concert, something like a piano will keep up a background while various soloists will step up and improvise, then when finished will often get applauded.


22 posted on 04/29/2014 3:30:20 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: servo1969
A question for the Super Jenius Professor: how, exactly, does a child of the Indian sub-continent (Mowgli) represent the white race? This statement reflects willful ignorance of the source of the fable. Wonder if the lib professor now has Aesop's Fables in his sights to gin up some kind of racial irritation?
23 posted on 04/29/2014 3:34:55 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45
A question for the Super Jenius Professor: how, exactly, does a child of the Indian sub-continent (Mowgli) represent the white race?

Perhaps not white, but definitely Caucasian.

Caucasians come in all colors, of which "white" is only a subset.

24 posted on 04/29/2014 3:40:18 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: servo1969

I guess I wonder how this makes news. Why don’t we interview a bag lady and ask her opinion of Wall Street quarterly gains and publish that? The dif is the bag lady isn’t teaching out kids...something the PARENTS pay for. Root cause? Parents paying for such a person to teach THEIR kids.


25 posted on 04/29/2014 4:04:02 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: servo1969

I love jazz ... and I’m so white I could blind people.

This clown probably listens to Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion.


26 posted on 04/29/2014 4:14:32 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: servo1969

27 posted on 04/29/2014 4:16:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: exDemMom

I was using the prof’s word to hoist him on his own petard. Yes, Caucasian is the more correct name and applies to the people of the sub-continent. Perhaps I shouldn’t have used the word race as that is a broader classification. I think we both know that most libs ascribe the most importance to skin tone than reality - witness the half-white, half-African president being totally carried in the “black” column.


28 posted on 04/29/2014 4:21:57 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: servo1969
Apparently, when Mowgli meets the Ape King, young children are being brainwashed with Disney-Technicolor to hate African Americans… King Louie, after all, is a representation of the American Negro...

King Louie was voiced by Louis Prima...

Prima was from a musical family in New Orleans. His father, Anthony Prima, was the son of Leonardo Di Prima, a Sicilian immigrant from Salaparuta, while his mother, Angelina Caravella, had immigrated from Ustica as a baby

Wikipedia...


29 posted on 04/29/2014 4:37:37 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: servo1969
(Oh, which reminds me: Baloo appears to be a welfare king, judging by his signature song. That’s not racist, is it?)

And what about Bagheera, a black panther?


30 posted on 04/29/2014 4:41:46 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: servo1969

Disney IS racist. If they weren’t they’d re-release “Song of the South”


31 posted on 04/29/2014 4:43:56 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: shineon
...try Grover Washington - Mr. Magic. It should afford you about 1000 hours of listening pleasure...

Had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Grover Washington Jr and Stan Getz together at the Hollywood Bowl back in the day. Fantastic!

32 posted on 04/29/2014 4:45:05 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SampleMan

Hell is Kenny G being blasted for all eternity.


33 posted on 04/29/2014 4:47:55 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: servo1969

Racism will never end in America. Too many liberals make a living using it......


34 posted on 04/29/2014 4:51:24 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: Cboldt

Most smooth jazz is sad and contemplative. Its dull and boring if you want a mood elevator, but its also just right if your missing someone on a rainy day.


35 posted on 04/29/2014 4:57:51 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: DoughtyOne

“I like jazz...”

Therefore, you are black.


36 posted on 04/29/2014 4:59:36 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: servo1969
It's Louis Prima....get it right.

Signed,

White Girl who loves jazz

And here's my current fav rendition of "Wanna Be Like You"

Nick Woods cover

Or this one!

Swingin' Fireballs

One more time!

phlyboyz

37 posted on 04/29/2014 5:16:08 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (No Mo (zilla). I'm going to the Opera instead.)
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To: Mygirlsmom

No love for the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy cover of Wanna Be Like You?


38 posted on 04/29/2014 5:18:14 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: dfwgator


39 posted on 04/29/2014 5:20:03 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (No Mo (zilla). I'm going to the Opera instead.)
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To: MrEdd

That’s fourth on my list, lol


40 posted on 04/29/2014 5:20:33 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (No Mo (zilla). I'm going to the Opera instead.)
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To: servo1969

to the title: “and Only Black People Like Jazz”

Wait! Not only do I like jazz, I’m a jazz musician.

Can I qualify for affirmative action now?


41 posted on 04/29/2014 5:21:12 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Wait a minute - how did we get to drag racing?

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

42 posted on 04/29/2014 5:53:23 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: servo1969

I Wanna Be Black

By Lou Reed

Play Song
I want to be black
Have natural rhythm
Shoot twenty feet of jism, too
And **** up Jews
I want to be black
I want to be a Panther

Have a girlfriend named Samantha
And have a stable of foxy whores
Oh I want to be black

[Chorus:]
I don’t want to be a ****ed up, middle class,
College student anymore
I just want to have a stable of foxy little whores
Yeah, yeah I want to be black

I want to be black
I want to be like Martin Luther King
And get myself shot in spring
And lead a whole generation too
And **** up the Jews

I want to be black, I want to be like Malcolm X
And cast a hex over President Kennedy’s tomb
And have a big prick, too


43 posted on 04/29/2014 6:01:56 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: servo1969
So that's what happened to Joel Chandler Harris' Song of the South and Aesop's The Grass Hopper and the Ant.
44 posted on 04/29/2014 6:04:28 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother ("When leftists don’t get their way, they start shooting people and bombing buildings." - rr)
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To: Misterioso

If only black people liked jazz there wouldn’t be any.

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I’m sorry, but that is just a silly and entirely meaningless comment. Amost as silly and meaningless of the professor’s comments.


45 posted on 04/29/2014 6:11:49 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Cboldt

except I find “smooth jazz” to be dull and boring.

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smooth jazz in a contradiction in terms.

See Thelonious Monk.


46 posted on 04/29/2014 6:12:59 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Izzy Dunne

LOL!


47 posted on 04/29/2014 6:13:15 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: Mygirlsmom

Playing the banjo or accordion in hell might make it more tolerable. As long as those damn flames from that Lake of Fire don’t constantly torch my keister.


48 posted on 04/29/2014 6:18:02 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: dfwgator

Hell is Kenny G being blasted for all eternity.

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Back a few years, I used to take a handful of Kenny G cds up to the counter and tell the clerk that these were in the wrong place - the jazz section. They almost never got it.

Like someone calling Madonna an artist, Kenny G is many things, but that does not include being a jazz musician.

Did you ever hear Richard Thompson’s “I agree with Pat Metheny”? Written after Kenny G overdubbed his stuff on Louis Armstrong? Blechh.


49 posted on 04/29/2014 6:22:18 AM PDT by dmz
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To: dmz
Did you ever hear Richard Thompson’s “I agree with Pat Metheny”? Written after Kenny G overdubbed his stuff on Louis Armstrong? Blechh.

Yes, that was hillarious....And Metheny's rant on Mr Gorelick was great....and this is a guy I've never heard say a bad thing about anyone.

50 posted on 04/29/2014 6:26:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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