“Aladdin” is Problematic

The Disney movie “Aladdin” is probably my favorite, however you can’t love it without being critical and realizing that it’s a racist portrayal of the Middle East and Middle Easterns from a white male point of view.
Here are a few of the problems I found in “Aladdin”.

1. Jasmine is one of the four Disney POC (Princesses of Color) and is the only Disney princess who’s not the lead in her movie. Women of color barely get representation in Disney movies, but when they finally do it’s as supporting characters.

2. During the “One Jump Ahead” song, Aladdin runs from the lawmen and stops at a room with three women who are dressed in revealing clothes who move around him seductively, and there’s an older woman who’s dressed more conservatively and seemed to be the boss.
This “room” is usually assumed to be a brothel by Disney fans, but could also be a harem (a part of the palace that’s used for residence of the king’s wives and concubines).
This is not the first time Disney mentions concubines on a POC (Princess of Color) movie; in “Mulan”, the soldiers dress up as women to break into the palace in order to save the Emperor, the Huns see them and assume that they’re the Emperor’s concubines. 

3. Besides Aladdin, Jasmine and maybe even the Sultan, all characters in Aladdin look almost non human (for example, the salesman has a giant, unrealistic head), usually have non American accents (unlike the leading characters) and are portrayed as crooks.

4.  The first scene on which we see Aladdin is when he’s being chased after by lawmen for stealing a loaf of bread. A lawman threatens Aladdin as he is waving his sword; “I will have your hands for a trophy, streetrat!”.
When Jasmine first arrives at the marketplace in disguise, she sees a little boy next to an apple stand. She assumes he’s hungry, grabs an apple and hands it to the boy. The salesman calls Jasmine a thief, tells her “You know what the penalty is for stealing?”, grabs her hand and raises his sword, though Aladdin stops him from cutting Jasmine’s hand.
The movie “Aladdin” takes place in Agrabah, a fictional place that’s supposed to generalize the entire Middle East. It should be noted that the only place in the Middle East where the hand cutting punishment is carried out is Saudi Arabia, and it happens very rarely, usually after the person has committed several robberies and not when the person steals due to hunger and poverty.

5. Princess Jasmine is the only female character who says more than one sentence in “Aladdin”, she’s probably the most oversexualised Disney princess, and uses her sexuality several times. Throughout the movie, Jasmine’s dressed in revealing clothes unfitting of the pre Islamic world and seduces the villain, Jafar (he responds by calling her “pussycat”) and even has to kiss him to distract from Aladdin coming to stop him.

6. The Disney merchandise of “Aladdin” isn’t as common as the white princesses’ at Disney stores, Princess Jasmine doesn’t have as much merchandise and when she does, it’s often very whitewashed; Jasmine and Aladdin usually just look white, like in the “Art of Jasmine” collection.

agirlcalledmelodypond  asked:

Hi :) I really enjoy your blog as I recently joined the Top Gear fandom. I saw that you posted some of the bloopers and outtakes but do like have a complete list of these videos? Because it's hard to find all of them on your huge blog :D

Yes, I should go back and tag those a bit better, shouldn’t I? I am so sorry, I’m dreadful with tags.

I don’t have a master list or anything (although that is a fantastic idea!), I’ll just go through my Youtube/Streetfire channels and just link to what I do have…


Middle East Special Director’s Cut

South Africa Special Director’s Cut

USA Road Trip (S15E08) Director’s Cut

Romania Director’s Cut

Albania Director’s Cut

Bonneville Director’s Cut

Extended Cool Wall (with Andy!)

Africa Special Outtakes

Jeremy Fits Some New Tyres

Traffic Jam

Suppertime in a Traffic Jam

James and Jeremy Shopping in Jezza

Insect Tennis

Sir Richard Hammondborough

Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Bradley Cooper in the Morning

Fuel Stops

Driving Test

Drag Race at Entebbe

An Idiot on Board  (I highly recommend this one LOL)

India Special Outtakes

Indian Driving Style

Whining About the Cold

S18E01 Outtakes

Speed Laps

Jeremy and James talk about Imola

Stig going around Imola

Hammond’s Journey to Rome

Fuel Calculations

James Loses his Keys

Hammond’s Present

Argument Before Setting Off


Hitting Jezza in the Plums

Diesel Scirocco

Ferrari Daytona

Olivier Panis

James and Madison

Patience in the Workplace Award

Hammond’s Helicopter

Jeremy on the Train

James’ Yoga Highlights

Bored at the Border

Backstage Tour

Series 16 Chat

Series 15 Chat



Oz and James


Drink to Britain Extras

Hope that’s helpful! Also: welcome to the fandom! :)