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Pet Sins January 2000

The Box Office Swami on Mr ShowBiz

Disney is using a racist cartoon image -- again. Big media companies have long lazily relied on damaging stereotypes to depict people of color. Sambo, Mammy etc.

Now we don't see blacks unfairly depicted like that. East Asians and others also are less often depicted like that.

Now it appears Disney has moved on to the South Asians. They have a cartoonish, ugly, evil-looking "Box Office Swami" image on the website called mrshowbiz.com. (swami is supposed to be a term of respect for a Hindu religious teacher)

I'd like to ask people to view this image and if, like me, you find it offensive, PLEASE GO TO THEIR WEBSITE MSG BOARD AND TELL THEM SO.

Thanks very much.

LF
12/9/2000