In a world where nothing is sacred and a very privileged group of people search high and low for things that will offend them, one Washington Post columnist named Dan Hassler-Forest will find one of Disney’s beloved classics, “The Lion King”, to be nothing more than fascistic propaganda meant to brainwash your children into believing people are different and there are people who are better than you.
Seriously, does the Left ever take a break in looking for things to be offended by? There just about isn’t anything in this world that they don’t find some sort of offense to. Be it the flag, people’s names, people’s actions, or even a Disney movie from 1994 about THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.
Hassler-Forest likely has seen that Disney, who are likely running out of original ideas, is soon going to release a live-action remake of the beloved classic “The Lion King”, starring Donald Glover and Beyonce as Simba and Nala respectively and finds the entire concept of a “lion king” to be akin to fascistic rule.
The title of his piece is: “’The Lion King’ is a fascistic story. No remake can change that.” So right off the bat this guy sounds super triggered (offended/annoyed, for the non-Millennials out there). His subhead reads: “No matter how you look at it, this is a film that introduces us to a society where the weak have learned to worship at the feet of the strong.”
And the actual body of the article isn’t much better. He writes: “… But as nostalgic as ‘Circle of Life’ may make us feel, this bombastic scene is also a painful reminder of the film’s ideological agenda: It introduces us to a society where the weak have learned to worship at the feet of the strong.”
“As we watch the herbivores congregate to bow down before their newborn ruler, ‘The Lion King’ offers us a seductive worldview in which absolute power goes unquestioned, and where the weak and the vulnerable are fundamentally inferior. In other words: ‘The Lion King’ offers us fascist ideology writ large, and there seems to be no way out for the forthcoming remake.”
Gee, I wonder why a movie about the animal kingdom depicts a “society” where the strong rule and the weak die. Hmmm.
Later down the article, Hassler-Forest attacks Disney as being “obsessed” with patriarchal monarchies and compares Pride Rock to Trump Tower, what he views as a symbol of power that looks down on “society’s weaker groups”.
But beyond the “class warfare” that he believes is seen throughout the movie, the out-of-his-mind Leftist also has to bring in racism into the mix, because we cannot go a single day without being reminded with a hammer that racism exists and white people are bad (and virtually no one on the Left will recognize the irony of such a statement).
“With the lions standing in for the ruling class and the ‘good’ herbivores embodying society’s decent, law-abiding citizens, the hyenas transparently represent the black, brown, and disabled bodies that are forcefully excluded from this fascist society. Noticeably marked by their ethnically coded ‘street’ accents, the hyenas blatantly symbolize racist and anti-Semitic stereotypes of ‘verminous’ groups that form an inherent threat to society.”
Yes, the hyenas who are very clearly mentally unstable and side with the only actual representation of a fascist ruler in the entire movie, Scar, are the victims in all of this.
I wonder what this guy thinks of mental asylums, then. Does that represent a fascistic rule in any country that has them (aka all of them)?
But beyond that, I wonder what he would think of, oh, I don’t know, THE ACTUAL ANIMAL KINGDOM WHERE THE STRONG SURVIVE AND THE WEAK DIE!
The biggest irony, in my opinion, regarding this garbage and unnecessary hit-piece on the movie is that they try and paint Mufasa, an honestly benevolent ruler who seeks balance and equality in his kingdom and who obviously cares about his subjects, as the bad guy just because he is a ruler in the first place.
Does he not know that in reality, lions hunt every single day? And that those herbivores are literally a lion’s meal every day? Does he not know that lions are carnivores, as in they will eat meat? And it’s not like they can just go to their local Chick-fil-a. They have to hunt those other animals themselves, so to say Mufasa is in any way a bad guy is asinine, to say the least.
Look, I’m not a big fan of Disney, certainly not anymore. Considering their often Left-wing tendencies and their attempt to follow the woke crowd by putting LGBT characters in their recent film, I’m not going to be their biggest defender. But when it comes to utterly idiotic arguments like the ones being made by this MSM writer, what else can I do?
This just goes to show how out of touch with reality these people are. Even beyond trying to defend the movie, I’m trying to defend REALITY. Because in reality, the lions are far more fierce and ruthless than Mufasa and Simba and every other lion in the pride.
In reality, all the herbivores that “worship” at the feet of the Lion King, be it Mufasa, Simba or Scar, are nothing more than lions’ lunch. Why? Because that’s how NATURE works. For a group of people that tend to believe in the theory of evolution over creation, they often have a problem with the concept of natural selection, wherein superior species thrive over inferior ones.
Lions are predators and zebras (and other animals lions eat) are prey. That indicates natural superiority. Lions have sharp teeth and nails, a powerful bite, and great speed and natural camo to hunt and kill their prey. As a result, they are physically superior to, say, zebras, who are herbivores and have no actual defense mechanism against predators apart from speed and numbers.
Watch any nature documentary of a lion hunting something and what you will notice each and every time is the prey being in massive numbers to ensure their own safety and will always run away from their predator. That’s not fascism; it’s nature.
But one big final point I wish to make is just how awful such a constant use of the word “fascist” is for the actual meaning of the word. People like Hassler-Forest have no actual idea as to what that word means if they think THE LION KING is about fascism.
Fascism is virtually no different from socialism and communism. Benito Mussolini simply said that fascism was a more “perfect” or “advanced” form of communism (though I don’t see how it’s in any way different, let alone more “advanced”). Just because there is a hierarchy that doesn’t automatically mean there is fascism at play.
There is a hierarchy in just about everything. Companies are hierarchical. Churches are hierarchical. Sports teams are hierarchical. Even friend groups are usually hierarchical, with at least one clear leader. Order is not the same thing as fascism.
And the constant butchering of the word to define anything someone doesn’t like utterly takes away any meaning of the word to the point it becomes passé. When someone says that something that isn’t fascistic is fascistic, I can’t help but roll my eyes at the sheer stupidity of such an argument.
But the saddest part may come in the actual individual. The Lion King’s live-action remake will come out some time in late July. It’s virtually no different from the original which, as I’ve said before, is a beloved classic. For someone to get themselves to write something so stupid and negative about a CHILDREN’S MOVIE THAT DEPICTS THE ANIMAL KINGDOM TO CERTAIN EXTENTS is indicative of an individual who really cannot find any sort of pleasure in life.
People like him, those who seek for the negative things of everything, and even go so far as to make stuff up and demonstrate outrage (be it fake or real), are people who are devoid of joy, and that’s truly sad.
Hassler-Forest isn’t nuanced for “pointing out fascistic tendencies” in a children’s movie that came out 25 year ago. He is sad for going to such lengths as to not find joy in a beloved children’s movie and seek to ruin the fun for everyone else by smearing it as some sort of fascistic propaganda.
And while I often say that everyone needs Jesus, it’s people like him that need Him a good deal. Not being able to enjoy a children’s movie and then writing an entire article on a major “news” site giving his opinion about how it’s some sort of fascistic dream so that other people might think negatively of the movie as he does is outright depressing, bordering on sociopathic.
I would hate to live my life devoid of joy and seeking to ruin the fun for others just because I myself am incapable of finding joy. And again, it’s people like him that really need the Lord.
There really is absolutely no reason to smear a CHILDREN’S MOVIE in this way, especially if the movie doesn’t deserve it. What “The Lion King” represents is a sort of anthropomorphized society in the animal kingdom where there is a lion monarch who rules his kingdom as any human would. A story of a grown lion king teaching his new son, the prince who will be king one day, how to rule his kingdom once he comes of age and becomes the head of the pride. A story where said prince witnesses his father’s demise and an evil (and actually fascistic) ruler who couldn’t care less about himself literally deprives that kingdom of life in his short rule until he is toppled by a now-grown prince, who had escaped the kingdom fearing for his own life.
Apart from the time that Scar, the literal bad guy of the story, rules the kingdom, you’d be hard-pressed to find any semblance of actual fascism in the story. Because there really is none, but that certainly didn’t keep this guy from attempting to find some sort of connection to it and display to the world just how much he doesn’t like fascism (though I’m willing to bet he describes himself as socialist and will not understand that there’s no difference between the two).
To make a long article short: no, “The Lion King” is not fascistic propaganda. It’s just a monarchy displayed using animals. No need to take the joy out of everything, woke Leftists.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
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