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.

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