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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Arab Americans Shifted the Narrative on Disney's Aladdin Remake [Alt-Disney]

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

In the past, the Disneyland Hotel would’ve made an unlikely venue for a reception honoring Jack Shaheen, a critic of Arab stereotypes in media. The late professor of mass communications and author of Reel Bad Arabs tangled with the Mouse over the animated film Aladdin and its “Arabian Nights” ditty, as did the late Don Bustany of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

But on a recent Friday evening, the Disney-owned hotel is where ADC members gathered to pay homage to Shaheen’s legacy. Disney hosted a fireside chat at the reception about how this year’s live-action remake of Aladdin afforded all involved an opportunity to revamp relations.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Alt-Disney Column out on newsstands now!

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