Disney’s latest “Peter Pan”-themed film, “Peter Pan & Wendy,” has critics crying foul, claiming that even this innocent story has been perverted by the company’s increasingly “woke” ambitions.
For example, in the trailer for the upcoming film, there’s a scene in which the “Lost Boys” introduce themselves.
“Are you?” Wendy asks them.
“‘Lost Boys,'” one of the “boys” replies.
“Every last one of us,” a girl then adds.
That’s right, the “Lost Boys” now contain girls because of “diversity” and “inclusion.”
The irony is that by adding girls to the “Lost Boys,” Disney basically chose to insult girls.
How so? In the original novel, author J. M. Barrie described the “Lost Boys” as boys “who fall out of their prams when the nurse is looking the other way and if they are not claimed in seven days, they are sent far away to the Neverland.”
According to Bounding Into Comics, Barrie further “states” in the original novel that “that there are absolutely no ‘Lost Girls’ because infant girls were simply too smart to fall out of their cribs and wander off.”
And so, to add girls to the “Lost Boys” means dumbing down the girls of this make-believe, fantasy world.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
In Disney’s new “woke” Neverland, Tinkerbell is black, and Peter Pan is Indian. In the original story, both were white. Meanwhile, Captain Hook, the bad guy, conveniently remains white.
While these changes may seem minor, critics say they unnecessarily distort the original story, and all so that Disney may parade around its “woke” bona fides.
Here’s a small sample of the growing criticism:
So Peter Pan must be made woke says Disney…
Can we acknowledge whether you are left or right wing making the lost boys “girls” means you just made the story about a teenage boy collecting lost girls…
That’s hyper creepy folks.
— Eagle Rider (@RoseMQueen1) March 2, 2023
Dear @Disney and @DisneyStudios, as a father of 4 (ages 9-14) who refused to buy tickets for Lightyear and Strange World, I will also not buy tickets for Peter Pan and Wendy. You can continue to push your woke agenda but know it has cost you a large portion of your audience.
— Shawn is Rev Reads (@ShawnRWillson) March 1, 2023
JM Barrie’s Tinker Bell in the 1904 Peter Pan novel was a white fairy, we’ve happily accepted this for decades, no complaints, Disney has become the umpire of woke, virtue signalling & inclusivity, what bs next? non binary Peter Pan or LGBTQXMJY Hook, crazy.
— Gary Thrift (@GaryThrift3) February 28, 2023
The diversity nonsense at Disney continues.
Peter Pan is now Indian
Tinkerbell is black
The Lost Boys now have girls among them
Truly a reflection of the UK in 1911, exactly as JM Barrie envisioned
— Noble Brown (@Sociopathlete) February 28, 2023
#PeterPanAndWendy will be a Woke nightmare:
-Peter Pan? Peter Pan AND Wendy (inclusion)
-Lost Boys? Multiracial (diversity)
-Lost BOYS? Includes girls (inclusion)
-Tinkerbell? Black (representation)
-Evil Pirates? All White (racism)
Film’s D. O. A. #BoycottDisney #GoWokeGoBroke
— Andy Anderson (@AndyFKNAnderson) February 28, 2023
Regarding the racial aspect, critics say that it’s not an issue of there being minority characters in films; it’s an issue of longtime white characters being replaced by them.
“Disney couldn’t care less about making new stories with Poc characters, they just put poc ppl to play white characters, and that shows 1) how lazy Disney is 2) how racist this is, it’s like they don’t think poc ppl deserve their own stories (beside like 3 animated movies?),” one critic argued.
Keep in mind this critic lists his “gender pronouns” in his Twitter bio, so he himself is at least a little “woke” to begin with.
Keep in mind also that he’s not alone in voicing this particular dissent.
Look at more examples below:
Exactly, this isn’t “representation” – it is an insult, and “poc” need to stop being so desperate to accept second-hand characters when the studio could afford to create new ones and invest in established brown characters.
— Jayne Theory ₊˚✧ ⚜️ ₊˚✧ ﾟ. (@JayneTheory) March 1, 2023
What is the thought process behind race swapping from white to black?
Do they really think that this will result in better race relations?
— nowayreparations (@nowayreparation) March 1, 2023
The reason studios make beloved characters black in the live action adaptations is so they don’t have to go to the trouble of actually giving special, brand new unique characters made from scratch to black people.
— C$D Lunch77 (@Lunch77Beatz) February 28, 2023
I am all for inclusion, but as a minority myself, this feels condescending. If Disney or anyone wants to diversify their films, don’t go backwards. I don’t want to see black versions of white characters. I’d rather see all-new characters in new stories.
— The R.A.W. (@TheRAW12) March 2, 2023
In fairness, for every critic, there appears to be a supporter of the new film who says, “Who cares?”
Their argument is that these are make-believe characters anyway, so technically they don’t have a race or gender. They’re whatever the author or reader wants them to be …
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