April 12, 2007

Peter Pan:  "Voy a matar Indios"

Letter to the Editor speaks of racial slurs in Disney MovieI recently bought Disney's Peter Pan DVD for my 3 year old son. I am a very protective parent and do not allow my kid to watch just any kind of programming. Being Disney the reputed company that it is, I blindly let my son watch this movie with its Spanish audio track, since my kid speaks Spanish only. To my surprise, it is full of racial slurs against Native American Indians and violent content. It seems that Disney has edited the English audio track to make it "politically correct" and eliminating offensive content, while not doing so in the Spanish track. For example, in the scene where the kids and Peter Pan are talking about having happy thoughts, little boy John says (in the English track): "I think I'll be an Indian brave", while in the Spanish track it says: "Yo muchos indios voy a matar" ("I'm going to kill lots of Indians"). This is just an example of an array of violent language content included in this DVD. I lost count of how many times the word "kill" comes up in this movie. No surprise that now my 3 year old is going around saying "I'm going to kill you" to anyone. This is an outrage and I wonder why English speaking kids deserve to be protected from this kind of language, and Spanish speaking kids don't. This is a terrible, terrible mistake. Disney is a company for kids everywhere in the world, no matter what language they speak. I am now weary of buying additional Disney movies for my son. As a mother I am deeply surprised, disappointed, and saddened by this fact.Comment:  Talking uncritically about killing Indians is equivalent to encouraging such killing. It's equivalent to saying Indians deserve killing because they're savages--i.e., not quite human.

Even if Disney changes (censors) the words, the "savage" images are still stereotypical. So is the premise: that Indians exist along with pirates in some sort of Fantasyland.

3 comments:

Rod K. said...

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Anonymous said...

well I grew up with the "muchos indios voy a matar" version and trust me, it really makes no difference, if your son is really 3 years old most probably he wont notice.

Rob said...

No single negative statement is likely to make a difference. But if you add up a million of them, they're likely to have a cumulative effect. That's what we're addressing here: the cumulative effect of countless examples of racism and stereotyping.