Zootopia and Political Correctness


So, if you have seen the latest Disney animated movie Zootopia, you will see why many affiliate it with political correctness.  The viewer is constantly reminded throughout the whole movie that stereotypes are wrong.  Ok, fine.  Yet, is there something the rest of us can get out of it.  Of course!

I saw the movie and enjoyed it.  The movie is centered around a bunny named Judy Hopps who aspires to become a cop in Zootopia, a four-part metropolis full of anthropomorphic animals.  From her early years she is reminded of her place as a bunny, that she is on the bottom of the food chain and can’t make it up in life.  Nevertheless she doesn’t let what others say get in her way, even the words of a childhood bully and fox who ironically grows up doing business with her parents.  After almost getting fired — and making some very questionable decisions along the way — Judy does become a cop.  On her journey to this goal she befriends another fox and former con-artist, Nick Wilde, who himself becomes a cop.  Funny enough the movie does place well on stereotypes when it comes to Nick being the sly fox who cons people out of their money, much to the ire of an opossum who is an obvious parody of the Godfather, Don Vito Corleone.

Much to Judy’s surprise, she learns that Nick also was bullied in his childhood and told he could not get out of his place to be something else.  He too does become something other than what he was expected to be.

You don’t have to be a liberal/progressive to admit generalizations are wrong.  It is a sin to assume somebody is a certain way because of their cultural, religious, national or political background, even if many liberals/progressives take it too far to the point where you’re not even allowed to speculate or show legitimate concerns (e.g. Muslim refugees).  In this regard when can agree that stereotypes are wrong.

In the end of it all, the idea of stereotyping goes along with the characters’ success, which they made it without the use of suing anybody for “offensive” speech.  They made it by their own and with teamwork.  I don’t think it’s as liberal as some might think it is for this reason.  Maybe the writers intended to teach liberal values or maybe they didn’t; that’s another thread on its own and which cannot be appropriately answered unless there’s an interview with them.


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