Okay here’s the deal. I didn’t like Aladdin as a child because it scared the living bejesus out of me. There were too many surprise elements and scary things. You cannot seriously tell me that the tiger cave didn’t freak you out.
I’ve watched every Disney movie multiple (like at least fifty) times, and once I got over my fear of Aladdin, I realized it wasn’t really that scary as a teenager or now as an adult. I’m going to start off by saying that I’m not trying to ruin your childhood. I know Aladdin is a favorite among most. And I love Princess Jasmine. I think she’s one of the best Disney Princesses. But it’s important to be able to look critically at things, no matter how much you love them. So let’s take a look at some things shall we?
That You Should Run Away From Your Problems
When Jasmine realizes she's going to be forced to marry someone she doesn't love like Jafar (ew), she peaces out. But then she meets some random dude who she doesn't even really like until he saves her from getting her arm cut off for stealing an apple. How romantic. You can run away, Jazzy!
That Dudes Who Lie To You Are No Big Deal
Jasmine decided she was in love with Aladdin in the marketplace in .5 seconds. Anyway, Jasmine meets Prince Ali, who's really Aladdin in disguise. He straight up lies to her face and pretends to be a Prince so he can woo her because he thinks she cares about status and stuff, which she does not. She even demands the truth from him when she suspects he's really Aladdin. Then he claims he dresses up like a commoner sometimes like she did. COOL. Don't we all want a guy who will pretend to be someone else for us?
That Even Though You're Independent, You Still Need To Be Saved
Aladdin saves Jasmine from the terrible Jafar. That's when she decides, "I choose you, Aladdin" and really stands up for herself and her love. If there was no grand gesture, would this have happened? I really don't think so.
That You're Just A Silly Girl
Oh you have thoughts and stuff? That's cute. Jasmine is not taken seriously by anyone. Whenever she tries to go toe to toe with Jafar, he basically pats her on the head. Her father, even though he's a total doofus, doesn't even want to listen to what she has to say. I know that this movie is set in a culture and time period where women aren't necessarily valued for their brains. However, if you have a strong female character, she should at least get a little slack.
That You Should Just Wait Around And Let Things Happen
Now, I know I said that Jasmine shouldn't run away from her problems. That's because she shouldn't and that doesn't solve anything, unless you're Cinderella because then you should totally run away from that house. Jasmine complains about everything but does virtually nothing. What's the point of rejecting society if you're not going to actually DO anything about it? She just waits for people to take care of things for her. She doesn't even really stand up to her father. He allows her to marry Aladdin after witnessing himself that they are "in love."
That Your Sexuality Is The Only Thing That Can Help You
Jasmine is one of the strongest Disney Princesses around. She knows what she wants and doesn't want to be stifled by the rules of her society. However, when she's in the predicament of being held hostage, she resorts to her sexuality and seducing Jafar to get out of it. Your feminine wiles are not all you have ladies.
That You Don't Need Female Friends
This is a problem in almost every Disney movie, but it's especially apparent here now that I'm thinking about it. Jasmine has no friends, specifically female friends. Even her tiger is a dude. I'm a girl who grew up with mostly guys and the majority of my friends are guys. I love my guy friends! But you need girlfriends too, even if it's a tiger. Which would be really cool.
That These Middle Eastern Stereotypes Are True
This is the worst thing about the entire movie and has been the source of controversy since Aladdin was released in theaters. Did you know the original lyrics to the opening song said "Oh, I come from a land, From a faraway place, Where the caravan camels roam, Where they cut off your ear If they don‘t like your face, It‘s Barbaric, but hey, it‘s home."? Those lyrics were in the theatrical release, but were changed in the video version after a massive uproar. The movie portrays Aladdin, Jasmine and the Sultan differently than the other characters in the film from their skin tone to their voices. The rest of the characters are portrayed as violent and evil, which perpetuates terrible Arab stereotypes.
What do you think about Mulan? Can you think of anything else wrong with the movie? Tell us in the comments!