The fans want to keep the ride. But they ask Disney to cancel every mention of the movie.
The petitions come as companies – and the country – count their own biases and, in some cases, racial history.
Southern song problems
The stars of Splash Mountain are Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, along with all the ducks, chickens and frogs that share their southern house, culminating in a long point that sends riders straight through the spinal cord. But the animated characters that appeared throughout the movie arose in the 1946 movie, “Song of the South”, known as “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah”.
Princess Diana (Back Row, R) ride Mount Splash at the Disney Magic Kingdom in 1993.
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The history of Brer Rabbit is also controversial.
Harris stories are told by an old black man named Uncle Remus, the son of a landlord who has brought back farms with stories about Brer Rabbit and his fellow animals. These stories formed the basis of “Song of the South”.
Today, scholars and readers say that Harris’ stories use racial stereotypes without a doubt.
CNN reached out to Disneyland and Walt Disney World to comment and is waiting for her response.
Controversy over racism in old films
Protests across the country against racism and white supremacy are reviving old conversations about how to view art made in the past decades – as racist and insensitive or from the remnants of a separate time.
Disney cast members also want to change
Frederick Chambers, who said he worked for Disneyland in California, told CNN that his co-worker participated in the “Splash Mountain Challenge”.
Chambers, who for years developed an idea to change the theme of the trip to “The Princess and the Frog” and talked a lot about it with his “cast members”, who saw the same idea discussed in Disney fan circles.
“It turns out that a lot of people see the same issues with my charm,” he said.
Chambers said he believed returning the topic was “very reasonable” and pointed to how Disney did it before: within months, the Disney California Adventure had changed the theme of the Terror Tower Tour, based on the “The Twilight Zone,” to “Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel.”
“The bones of attraction are good, but I think it’s time to take a serious look at the source of our stories and how people of color are represented on screen and in the gardens,” he said.
Now, the updated scene shows the pirates – the moving female who had been auctioned off in the old scene among them – selling goods from the village they looted by auction.