Please, make them stop!
Via Campus Reform:
Multiple professors have turned to the media to decry Disney’s The Jungle Book as racist and demand that the live-action remake, which the company is currently discussing, be modified to make the film less offensive.
“One of the main reasons that ‘The Jungle Book’ needs to be rebooted is to fix the things that became controversial not long after it was released in 1967,” Syracuse University media professor Robert Thompson said in an interview with Yahoo Movies.
Critics have stated that the scene where the ape character, King Louie, sings “I want to be like you” to the human character, Mowgli, he is not just a cartoon animal wishing to be human. Rather, Louie represents an African-American stating that he wants to be a member of the white race, which is represented by Mowgli.
The Mowgli character is not white, and the King Louie character was voiced by Italian-American Louis Prima, not an African-American.
But Thompson said the song is racist regardless of who sings it, because it has a jazzy tone similar Louis Armstrong’s music.