Lyrics from “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” have been quietly removed from the set list of Disneyland’s Magic Happens parade. The melody originates from the 1946 feature “Song of the South,” which has been criticized for featuring racist imagery and themes.
During its release in the ’40s and across subsequent re-releases, the film drew criticism for its use of racist stereotypes and its ahistorical conception of the plantation system as a harmonious, consensual partnership between white owners and Black slaves.
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‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’ Lyrics From ‘Song of the South’ Removed From Disneyland Parade https://t.co/CwgtSAPr7K
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