A teacher in the UK has come up with a lesson plan slamming Disney's well-loved animated films. The lesson plan, "Racism/Sexism in Disney," is for kids 11 to 16 years old.
For starters, the storyline of Beauty and the Beast is scrutinized. The lesson plan points out: "The Beast does not attack Belle but the threat of physical violence is present. The movie says if a woman is pretty and sweet natured she can change an abusive man into a kind and gentle man. In other words, it is the woman’s fault if her man abuses her. And of course, the beast turns into a handsome prince because ugly people cannot be happy."
Metro reports, "Other favorite characters—which include Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine, and Snow White—are portrayed [in the lesson plan] as scheming bimbos who boost macho ideas about female slavery by their willingness to do anything to get a man."
Meanwhile, Disney has responded to the lesson plan with a statement. It reads: "For more than 90 years, Disney’s timeless stories and beloved characters, including Disney Princesses, have been universal, relatable, and relevant for everyone. They are loved by millions of children and adults across genders because it is their inner qualities such as determination, kindness, loyalty, humor, courage, and wit that shine through and define them."