Jump to navigation. The studio behind the upcoming Aladdin remake directed by Guy Ritchie reportedly struggled to cast a Brown actor who can act, sing, and dance—after much Internet uproar, newcomer Mena Massoud and the light-skinned white and Indian actress Naomi Scott were cast as Aladdin and Jasmine. That elephant is the source material of Aladdin itself—a misogynist, xenophobic white fantasy.
In contrast to his Disney character, Aladdin is conniving, selfish, heartless, conceited, manipulative, traitorous and sadistic. Aladdin's philosophy "steal everything" is taken to its literal extreme, as he is prone to steal things even when he has no use for it, such as a cripple boy's crutch. It is stated that he does not steal because he is poor though the Magic Kingdom's economic depression doesn't help but rather he finds it easier than actually getting a job.
This is not the Jasmine of my youth, the one whose main preoccupation was marrying a prince of her choosing. This is Jasmine 2. Even when cultural sensitivity is more smoothly integrated, it hardly justifies these Disney remakes.
It's pretty apparent to most people past puberty that Disney movies are inherently very, very creepy. With many based on pretty grim fairytales, the movies contain a lot of messed up scenes that you just don't notice when you're watching as a kid. One of the worst offenders is Aladdinwhich acts like it's a cute story of a street savvy kid and a sarcastic princess who find love but that is actually, when you look deeper, a very weird and uncomfortable movie.
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Becoming a prince is a little bit harder than getting a genie to grant you a wish, and this is something Disney is learning the hard way. Following the announcement that they would bring their animated classic Aladdin back to life with a live-action remake, Disney set out to find the perfect Aladdin and Jasmine for the main roles. Earlier this year, Disney put out a huge, worldwide casting call in hopes of finding the right duo, with the idea that they would be unknown actors even though names like Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed were discussed.
Just weeks after the release of Disney's live-action Aladdin trailer showcasing Will Smith as the blue geniethe Disney parks are dropping a new pair of Mickey ears to get us even more hyped about the movie. First spotted by Instagram user DisneyStylethe Instagram-worthy ears are covered in shimmering turquoise sequins that match Princess Jasmine's outfit in the film, and are topped with both a magic carpet bow complete with gold tassels and a blue genie gem. With so much glitz and glam in one little accessoryI expect they will add plenty of shine to any Disney park visit.
But sheathe your weapons because this new Aladdin is actually great fun. Any Hollywood movie set in a fantasy Arab kingdom is going to have its issues, but Disney has sought to avoid the ethnic stereotyping that marred its animation. For starters, the cast are brown-skinned actors all the voice actors in the original were white.
Just when we thought we'd had our fill of fantastic Disney beauty sets, Primark have just launched, an Aladdin inspired collection that's got us wishing for a whole new bathroom shelf to fit it on - yep, we're getting it all. After MAC's mesmerising makeup, we assumed we'd seen the end of Aladdin beauty products, but, thankfully, this one looks just as exciting and comes in at a fraction of the cost. The range, which launched today, consists of a 'Your Wish Is My Command' Eyeshadow palette, hair brush and frankly adorable turban, fragrance, eye mask, glitter body mist and compact mirror. The palette holds 12 wonderfully wearable matte and shimmer shades.