Mar 29th 2009 11:46PM I find this topic - and this article - ridiculous. As Andre stated earlier, Disney is often the focal point of controversy simply because it is a large successful company who's movies are aimed at the younger generation. Obviously then, they've been given the difficult task of walking on eggshells when it comes to racism, sexism, and how they choose to portray their characters.
They've had plenty of interracial and unique couples that span a wide demographic; they've also had plenty of couples that are uniform and similar to one another. (They didn't HAVE to make a movie about Pocahontas and John Smith by the way.) Prince Aladin and Princess Jasmine were both Arabic, Mulan and Shang were both Asian. And then you have the interracial (or mixed demographic) couples. Belle and the Beast, Aurora and Philip, Prince Charming and Snow White. And these are just the human characters. When looked at closely, you'll find that even animal couples are often diverse or uniform in a similar sense. Tramp and Lady portray the rich-poor couple, Spot and Pongo are of the same "race" if you will.
Bottom line, lay off of Disney. And I'm embarrassed for the author of this article, who so blatantly jumped to conclusions with little evidence to support her argument. It's easy to color (pardon the pun) this situation. If they were both white, you could flat out call Disney racist. In this case, you could say Disney doesn't want more than one black character, because two is too much (which is probably the most far-reaching argument of all actually.) And if they were both black, you could say that Disney stereotypes and classifies couples so that each race can only be paired with their own kind. Let's be honest, this journalist WANTS to see controversy and conflict where there is none.
Aug 6th 2006 9:54PM I am 17 years. And let me just say, it disgusts me to see parents either approve of, or condone their childs reckless behavior. My mother established early on with me and my brother that any sort of illegal actions we may choose to take will result in the harshest of punishments (which was further proved later on down the road with my brother.) It is nothing but pure laziness for a parent to say "Well I can't control what my child does." To hell with that; you sure can. How about taking away their privelages, or basic necesities that will alert them into rationality? Or here's an idea: follow through with your punishments. So many parents start out harsh, and then become more relaxed with their disciplines. I can't even begin to tell you how much it frustrates me to see other kids around me act in such a way that is despicable, simply because their parents didn't care enough to teach them. And coming from a teenager, that is saying a lot.
Jun 5th 2006 11:16PM We are all forgetting to look at the big picture here; while it is important to acknowledge that Oprah has done some pretty charitable things, one must also realize that with every tv host there is a trace of falseness. So while Oprah is very smart, recognize that she uses that intelligence and skill of hers to attract your attention (thus money). Being a buisiness woman she obviously understands that it's impossible to be yourself and be successful at the same time; there is some degree of fakeness that comes along with it. (No matter what, she is not allowed to have a bad day around people.) Long story short, realize that she has done a lot of good for those in need; but understand that she has a lot of America fooled, and does it in part because of how it will make her image look.
Apr 28th 2006 6:48PM Umm....does nobody remember a few years ago when they discovered just how BAD oreos are for you? Is America just becoming so hopelessly obese, that settling for a high calorie, high trans fat cookie just isn't enough anymore? Now we must fry them too? Repulsive.
Apr 20th 2006 3:48PM Who is the author of this article? It would appear (based off of other reader's responses) that he doesn't know at ALL what he is talking about, and had two major grammatical mistakes. He doesn't seem to have a good grasp on identifying disorders either; it's very clear what Matthew Perry's character is supposed to have.
Mar 3rd 2006 5:51PM Now I seriously doubt the manufactureres are actually concerned about the consumption rate of these snacks. That is, I doubt they care at all if a person were to eat multiple bags in one sitting. True, they are meant specifically for those who are trying to lose (or are watching) their weight. But I doubt THEY care if you eat more than the intended amount; after all, it's more income on their part.