The only thing I can think of that I don't think Leon mentioned is that Judy's parents have a lot of internalized racism. not just against others, but against their own species as well. They're just carrot farmers as is expected of them to be and the idea of being something you're not expected to be is scary and wrong.
And that Nick and other predators suffers a lot of discrimination. The racism against Judy is more like what a lot of women experience with sexism. As I don't think it's that common for parents to tell their racial minority kids not to be cops, but it is common for some parents to discourage their daughters getting physical and dangerous jobs like cop, soldier and fire fighter. She get told to just do what is expected of her, not have a dangerous job, that she is "cute", she is given the safe busy work job instead of being trusted to do anything dangerous or important and is just assumed incompetent.
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I always wonder if people actually 'get' that message … in the end Leon even said, that the kids hopefully get it. To be hones I initially watched it because of cute bunny. Then I thought about the inner workings of that society and asked myself how the fuck did they build all that, when there is just one city in the world and how it doesn't fall apart… Then I enjoyed a nice buddy cop movie. AND THEN I realized; oh shit its about racism, and crooked politics and authority. Couldn't I just have the cute(I'm a speciesist now) bunny girl?
Post by AbuYousef, High horse rustler on Sept 24, 2016 17:08:37 GMT -6
I've seen other people analyse this movie and they seem to lean heavily on the idea that Zootopia is flawed because there doesn't seem to be any consistency with it's real world allegories. Predators are not strictly an allegory for black Americans etc, and the movie doesn't make sense if you consider everything in it to be exact and consistent. 'Wisecrack' on YouTube really took this argument far, even arguing that the movie is dishonest in how it handles it's themes.
Leon did not bring this up. Perhaps he didn't notice it or perhaps he sees it as more as a movie that is interested in showing racist themes in general, not necessarily being a strict allegory for America today. I mean, it doesn't pretend to have taken the real world and the actual dynamics between racial groups and then turned them into cute animals. It is more like the film is taking all kinds of racism and bigotry people encounter in their every day life and mixed them up so that ANY viewer can identify the themes and sympathise with the characters.
It is a digestible lesson about racism and bigotry, a chance to see it and think about it without real world bias and political influence. I echo Leon's closing words in hoping that kids growing up today will be better people who have a chance to become aware of and reject xenophobia before it becomes an ingrained prejudice. I actually see it happen around me for real. Warms my heart every time I see children of Somali immigrants and refugees playing with Swedish children and they are treated as any other friends, despite the otherwise very common distrust or open hatred towards Somalis in this country. Grown ups suck! Kids rule!
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