By Chelsea Marshall
Children all over the world grew up watching Disney movies; classics include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and much more. These movies shaped childhoods, inspired girls to be princesses and boys to be kings, but have we ever really watched these movies and their implications. Yes we know the basics the Prince saves the girl and they live happily ever after but what about the sexual implications of these cartoons. What about the things we cannot see right away? The YouTube Mash-up video shows us just how sexual these movies were. For example in the little mermaid when the priest is marrying Ursula and the prince he has a boner. We know she has a spell on the prince but who knew it was working on the Priest as well. Also the mash up points out that on Ariel’s castle there is a penis as a part of the castle. This is just one cartoon. In Alice in the Wonderland we all realize the caterpillar is high off of “Hookah.” It gets even worse when you realize that the stars above Simba’s head spell out sex when he is thinking about Nala.
The controversy is quite simple these are children’s movies should they really be exposed to these sexual ideas. We expect these things from movies like Shrek and Family guy but not Disney. Although many would say that these messages are so subliminal a kid could not even figure them out many others believe that it is not up to Disney to make the decision of what they should and should not be exposed to. Rated PG means PG, not PG with hidden discrete subliminal messages.
Sex is a part of life and in the end we all learn about it one way or another but I believe the purpose of this mash- up is to provide awareness. Just because something is PG doesn’t mean it’s always appropriate, even popular names like Disney have robbed children of their innocence by using obscenities like the ones in the video. Parents should be aware of what they are showing their children. These movies shape childhoods and do you want your child to be shaped by sexuality and drugs from the subliminal messages in Disney movies. The real issue is not just Disney movies but all movies we allow our kids to watch. Parents should screen movies before children watch them.