The Color of Evil: How American Media Racializes Villains

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  1. Frances says:

    Very fascinating! i am doing my film studies coursework on this exact topic !

  2. Puck says:

    Been noticing this a lot more recently, especially with animated films where the color of the actor doesn’t really matter when it comes to the race/racialization of the character. So it did not escape my notice that the ONE POC in How To Train Your Dragon 2 was also the big bad.

    One tiny nitpick (sorry!): Simba’s dad in The Lion King is Mufasa not Mustafa.

  3. Xeno says:

    This is all very interesting but speaking as someone from the UK, the big flaw in your argument is that quite a few villians, even the ones you mentioned, speak with an English accent.

    Which really says that these villians are British and not from the various parts of the world which you claim.

    So in fact the racialization of villians is an anti British sentiment as the villians are portrayed as being English regardless of their physical appearance.

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