When history is told by the victor, ask questions. Went to Doron Fishler's lecture today on why Scar (Simba's uncle) deserves a retrial. I thought it was very interesting, but I was also drunk. What was obvious though, was the hidden message to the Israeli audience.
Here's the skinny:
1. Just like the movie 300, the Lion King is told from the winner's perspective. And just like 300, we must ask ourselves if we were cheering for the real good guys. Spartans were barbarians who killed weak babies, whereas the Persians were a lot more civilized, but because the movie depicted the Persians as ugly and creepy - and dark-skinned and kinda gay, errr, flamboyant - they were, of course, the bad guys.
In The Lion King, the hyenas are the bad guys, as is Scar. What does Disney use to make Scar look bad? Dark skin and gay demeanour. Scar's masculinity isn't what we're meant to celebrate, Mufasa's hypermasculine, machoistic, brawny masculinity is. Also, Mufasa is a lot lighter. The hyenas are depic