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“Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” even the sleeping beauty story in “Maleficent;” Disney has been going through their archives and bringing out their best for new live action-remakes. With the millennials growing up and getting more and more nostalgic, it’s no surprise Disney is continuing to dole out their ’90s movies with the classic “Aladdin.” The music sounds promising, the expectations for special effects is high, so hopefully, Disney can deliver the goods with their newest film.
Unlike the other Disney remakes so far, though, “Aladdin” comes with a little controversy on casting. The original animated film of a clever street rat and a headstrong princess is based on the Arab-style folktale and had the color and culture to prove it. Now though, with popular people of color stories being remade and whitewashed throughout Hollywood, the public is wary of any new adaption promised, and rightly so. Whitewashing and colorism is nothing new in the film industry (think Mickey Rooney in 1961’s “Breakfast at...
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