You know it is a slow day in the news when the MSM starts attacking old Disney movies.
Due to the recent sequel of Mary Poppins, the original with Julie Andrews is now under scrutiny. A New York Times writer has decided that the 1964 film is racist.
Writer Daniel Pollack-Pelzner believes the Disney favorite is full of blackface and contains racial slurs.
“The 1964 film replays this racial panic in a farcical key. When the dark figures of the chimney sweeps step in time on a roof, a naval buffoon, Admiral Boom, shouts, “We’re being attacked by Hottentots!” and orders his cannon to be fired at the “cheeky devils.”
We’re in on the joke, such as it is: These aren’t really black Africans; they’re grinning white dancers in blackface. It’s a parody of black menace; it’s even posted on a white nationalist website as evidence of the film’s racial hierarchy. And it’s not only fools like the Admiral who invoke this language.”
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Pollack-Pelzner is referring to the soot-stained face of the chimney sweeper played by Dick Van Dyke. The chimney sweeper is not playing a black face role he is simply dirty from the chimney he is cleaning.
The closest the film gets to racism is when the Admiral calls a chimney sweeper a Hottentot. But in the film, he is seen as on the senile side. Not only that but he is extremely old and his father could very well have fought in the in the Battle of Blaauwberg. A battle between the British and the Dutch in South Africa.
During that time Hottentot was not seen as a slur but instead as a name for a people. Only later did the South Africans eventually denounce the word as offensive. If anything it makes the film more authentic.
The film is by no means promotes racism. This is clearly a reach by a Mary Poppins hater. Another attempt by the left to tarnish a childhood classic.