On 10 July Dr Dan Hassler-Forest (Media and Performance Studies) wrote in The Washington Post about the remake of Disneys blockbuster The Lion King. Due to the reactions on his article, Hassler-Forest was invited to the Dutch radio station NPO Radio 1 to talk about the movie.
"The first thing to understand about The Lion King is that it isn’t in any way about lions, or any other animal species. As in every fable, a variety of cute and cuddly figures stand in for human societal organizations. Mapping our internalized social hierarchies onto the pristine and 'neutral' world of the animal kingdom renders these power dynamics natural, common-sense and desirable. But by using predator-prey relationships to allegorize human power, the film almost inevitably incorporates the white supremacist’s worldview, one in which some groups of people are inherently superior to others", Hassler-Forest says.