Below is the trailer for Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Disney's upcoming comedy. It's due to be released in September. Let's hope the movie isn't as bad as the trailer, because the trailer is bad.
How bad is it?
Imagine dressing up Jews or Africans as small, annoying animals. You probably can't imagine it because that kind of racist stereotyping hasn't happened in decades. And yet, Indians continue to suffer this fate. From the Go-Go Gophers to children's picture books to the latest Disney release, they get portrayed as critters.
And not even as lions or tigers or bears. Oh my, no. Your typical Indian-style animals are cute little toys or pets. Since "everyone knows" Indians were uncivilized, it's okay to portray them as teddy bears or bunnies or Chihuahuas.
What's going on here? For the last couple of years, we've seen stereotype after stereotype of Central and South American Indians. In the movies: Apocalypto, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Ruins, Aztec Rex, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. On TV: The Zagar commercials, The Emperor's New School. And in video games: Age of Empires III: The Warchiefs, Aztecs: Empire Of The Dying Sun.
Do studios not realize that the descendants of these people still live? That they don't appreciate being compared to rat-like dogs? That a bunch of clown-like Chihuahuas is an insult, not an honor?
This isn't the first time it's happened, either. You may recall this incident--Chihuahuas Dressed as Indians--from March. What is it with people portraying Mexican Indians as dogs?
I can just imagine the cogs turning in the simpleminded heads that came up with this idea. "Indians are a separate race of quaint and colorful beings. They dance and prance, yip and yowl, and we can't quite understand them. Hey, they're just like Chihuahuas. How clever it would be to represent one with the other."
I don't see any trailers portraying white people as Chihuahuas (or pigs, or monkeys, or...). Therefore, I conclude this video is racist. And please, don't waste my time saying "It's just a movie" or "It's supposed to be funny." People have used these excuses to stereotype people for decades, if not centuries.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Official Trailer)
P.S. Thanks to correspondent DMarks for bringing this to my attention.