One advocacy group is up in arms all over the release of a children’s movie.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is sounding off over the release of Disney’s “Aladdin” remake.
CAIR issued a statement following the movie’s premiere claiming the movie will actually worsen racism and Islamophobia under the Trump administration.
“The Aladdin myth is rooted by racism, Orientalism and Islamophobia,” CAIR’s statement reads.
“To release it during the Trump era of rapidly rising anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and racist animus only serves to normalize stereotyping and to marginalize minority communities,” it continued.
Not deeming it enough to condemn the movie, CAIR expects the rest of the American public to follow suit.
“The overall setting, tone and character development in the ‘Aladdin’ story continues to promote stereotypes, resulting in a perpetuation of Islamophobic ideas and images,” the CAIR statement adds. “We urge the public and film critics to scrutinize the new production of ‘Aladdin’ in light of its historical context and today’s toxic environment for all minority communities.”
Many Americans actually have fond loving memories of the film, it’s a shame that CAIR doesn’t see this as an opportunity to bridge culture gaps rather than condemning the movie.