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Why Jasmine’s biggest threat isn’t Jafar but white supremacy.

Does she look like she needs your help whiteness?

Prediction Sep 12, 2017: The Live Action Adaption of Aladdin will squander a once in a generation moment to elevate characters of colour: instead pandering to whiteness with an insertion of a European Prince that doesn’t belong in Agrabah.

Jasmine isn’t some prop for Aladdin, nor Jafar nor any Prince. And certainly not a white one who only exists because White Disney Executives seem to fear how white audiences will deal with a lack of white people…in a world where white people don’t actually exist… What the fuck?

Characters beyond traditional whiteness from themultifacet.com
Aladdin and Jafar aren’t competing with a man they are competing with a system of supremacy that goes back hundreds of years.
Deconstruction aside, this still gets me.
Mena Massoud Aladdin (left), Naomi Scott Jasmine (right)

Inserting a white prince out of nowhere is even a bigger slap in the face, because Aladdin HAS NOTHING to do with whiteness, but is a legend from the very Arab culture whiteness demonizes to this day, but conveniently “bleaches,sanitizes, and washes” when it needs to make money or appropriate it.

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Nadir Shirazi

Lover of anime, and follower of Islam. Not sure which identity gets me stereotyped more:) Creator of MultiFacet Islamime (Islam + Anime) Project. islamime.com