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Why Walt Disney could be to blame for some of our social issues today...

Updated on June 22, 2012

Every day we look around us and see things happening in our society that we don’t like the look of. Morality is being downgraded hourly. Sensible fashion has gone by the wayside. Normalcy that we grew up with has all but disappeared. It would seem that common sense is not quite as common as it used to be. What is the cause of all this? Let me direct you to a source that you may not have considered yet…

Huge Disney fan...

I am a huge Disney fan. I have been to Walt Disney World 4 times and watched nearly all movies produced by Disney (some several times). Yesterday I was thinking about some of the things that I view as “social anomalies” and it struck me that maybe, just maybe, they have their roots in Walt Disney movies. What? How can you say that? Let me, with tongue firmly embedded in cheek, explain…

Let's start with "sagging"...

What is sagging I might hear you ask? It’s the name given to the fashion style where men (generally younger men, but not always) wear their pants down so low that their underwear is showing. You know the ones. I’ve even seen it where there is actually a gap between the top of their pants and the bottom of their… whatever! This fashion style is usually accompanied by the person’s inability to walk properly (they waddle) and oftentimes with the inability to use one hand (because it is permanently engaged in holding their pants up so they don’t fall down completely).

The origin of this fashion style has often been attributed to the penal system (that’s the jails sicko!) when inmates not allowed to wear belts would have their pants “sagging” down. Some articles say it was sign that the inmate was "available" for intimacy (ugh!). However, I believe we can trace its origins back to a Walt Disney film. Back in 1964 Mary Poppins was released and the sagging style was introduced to the world by the wonderfully talented Dick Van Dyke. Just check out the “penguin dance” and see for yourself…

Sagging 101 with Dick Van Dyke

...see how he literally has to waddle like a penguin and how he is forced to hitch his pants up with his hand. Can there really be any other explanation for the modern day "sagging" phenomenom?

Then there's the whole public nudity thing...

As the years have progressed the sight of a person “scantily clad” in public has become more and more common. Clothing materials must be getting more costly, because it seems that females are finding that they cannot afford to use as much material as before in their everyday attire. People’s rights to dress (or undress) how they like are being voiced like never before. The use of public nudity in demonstrations has increased dramatically and is used as a tool to draw media coverage and to avoid arrest. Nudist beaches are prevalent, naturist resorts are not quite as hidden as they used to be, and in Canada it is lawful for a female to walk bare chested in any area where a male can legally do so. What has caused this? Why are we shedding our clothing at the slightest opportunity? Is it global warming? Is it a new fashion trend? Is skin the new black?

I think we can trace it back to Walt Disney again. Back in 1934, Walt Disney created the character known worldwide as Donald Duck. When he was created, the animators had limitless choice as to how they would make him look. What did they decide? NO PANTS!! That’s right, back in 1934, the art of public nudity was “innocently” introduced to the world by a duck. Since then Donald Fauntleroy Duck has paraded his tush around in images, on posters and in movies for all to see, portraying the idea that it is not necessary to wear clothes when you go out. It took off from there and before you knew it, Winnie the Pooh was doing it, Yogi Bear thought he could distract us from his naked behind with just a tie, and that rebel Bugs Bunny went totally nude! Check out the video…

It all started with Donald...

Ric Ocasek and wife Paulina Porizkova
Ric Ocasek and wife Paulina Porizkova
Christina Aguilera and husband Jordan Bratman
Christina Aguilera and husband Jordan Bratman
Angelina Jolie and ex Billy Bob Thornton
Angelina Jolie and ex Billy Bob Thornton

Beautiful celebrities with ugly partners...

The world of celebrities is jam packed full of attractive people. Being easy on the eye is a definite asset when pursuing a career in entertainment. Unless of course you are promoting yourself as “The Ugliest Human Alive” whereby it would be an obvious deficiency in your act. So, when you consider that stunningly beautiful celebrity women are circulating in the same waters as dashingly handsome potential beaus, doesn’t it seem a little strange when they are not evenly matched in the looks department? I think it odd to see a gorgeous lady hanging on the arm of a cosmetically challenged dude. Is that just me? I find myself cynically assuming that the aforementioned troll of a guy must be loaded financially and be providing for her at her every whim. For example, the Czech super model Paulina Porizkova (a beautiful woman by most people’s standards) is married to Ric Ocasek (lead singer of The Cars), a less then stunning specimen. Christina Aguilera is married to music marketer Jordan Bratman, another example of an attractive female together with a less than Adonis like partner. Then there was Angelina Jolie together with Billy Bob Thornton – enough said. There are many, many more...

Why the disparity though in this area? Back we go to Disney – in 1991 the movie Beauty and the Beast was released and it portrayed how Belle, a “not-difficult-to-look-at” young lady was attracted to a grotesque, hideous creature (not unlike Ric Ocasek actually). It made it socially acceptable for a princess to date a troll in the hope he would change into a dashing prince. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, unless the princess is willing to fork out some of her cash to have a talented surgeon perform in a few hours what she is unable to do with a lifetime of kisses.

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Honestly, I do love Disney...

I truly love Disney and I think they do an excellent job. This was just a lighthearted attempt to address some social issues we are facing today.

Of course, if you can think of any other Disney movies that could have led to current trends, feel free to point them out...

There are others too...

There are other social issues that can be linked back to Disney. Just briefly, there's the whole 'focusing on our being the most attractive' syndrome. This can be traced back to the Queen in Snow White. I mean really, do you have to be the "fairest one of all"? Can't just being wealthy and a monarch be enough?

Then there's obesity. It is a serious issue today. Perhaps if Mary Poppins hadn't encouraged everyone to take a spoonful of sugar with their medicine all the time we wouldn't have become so dedicated to the sweet stuff.

My personal pet peeve is self-centredness. In Alice in Wonderland, the White Rabbit continually says, "He's late" and "No time to say hello... goodbye". That is a prime example of self centredness in my book. It's not all about him. Heck, stop and say hi. Maybe even plan your life so others aren't waiting around for you because you are late.

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      Alessio Ganci 21 months ago from Italy

      Well, in some Walt Disney movies there are also some subliminal messages, often related with sex. If you Google about it, you will find more. When something becomes too much popular (and we know Walt Disney is a symbol for many generations), it is not uncommon people make deep analysis into their movies, books and stories.

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      Pete 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @VJGSA - thanks for your comment. I like to inject humour into my hubs with absolutely no intention of offending. Alas, some are not able to identify when something is "tongue in cheek". Oh well.

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      VJG 3 years ago from Texas

      I believe that the Sherman Brothers wrote a song called "Tongue in Cheek." It goes something like this....

      "Pay day comes but once a week.

      Though I work my fingers to the bone,

      I still need a small interest loan.

      I say that tongue in cheek."

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      Pete 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @lovesagoodread - "Tongue-in-cheek is a figure of speech used to imply that a statement or other production is humorously or otherwise not seriously intended, and it should not be taken at face value." (See wikipedia) Thanks for reading and commenting though.

      @VJGSA - obviously my hub was "tongue-in-cheek" (see above comment) but I totally agree that Disney does have a lot of very positive messages in its movies and messages overall. Thanks for reading.

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      VJG 3 years ago from Texas

      If anything, I believe that some people's optimism and positive outlook could be attributed to the Disney movies in which Walt Disney himself was involved. Positive messages. Upbeat outlook. I first notice this when I her a line in "Son Of Flubber," I which Professor Brainerd said something like: "Kids today may be falling flat on their faces, but at least hey are falling forward." Not exactly the quote, but in the neighborhood. Also, the Disney songs by the Sherman Brothers are full of optimism. If I had my choice of "outlooks" I would choose the Disney way. Nice Hub.

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      lovesagoodread 3 years ago

      Disgusted at what I just read. That is absolutely disgusting!!!

      I clicked here expecting to read moral issues, but instead have just read the most awful article on the internet. To me it seemed like you often attacked how people, mainly women choose to dress. If someone decides to go to nudist beach then that's their choice!

      Have you ever thought that it may be more comfortable for a women to dress in shorts, mini skirts and singlets and whatever the hell they like instead of long thick dresses? And why should it be socially acceptable for a man to be able to go bare chested in a public area and not women? Obviously you have no clue about gender equality, and have any considerations about anyone but yourself.

      I'm especially appalled at how you don't thinks it's right for a celebrity to be in a relationship with someone who may not be as attractive. Beauty and the beast taught us that you can't judge a book by its cover and that an "unattractive" person can still be a good person, can still be beautiful on the inside. That's the moral, not that every beast is really a prince. Again that movie we saw gaston, an attractive male who had an ugly heart.

      Looks shouldn't count for anything in a realationship and I feel very sorry for anyone who thinks they are. And it is their life again, maybe they like to focus on their personality and the good qualities they posess not how they look.

      Disney did not introduce these things into society, they were already there. How many ducks do you see wearing pants? How many cartoons with animals are honesty fully clothed?

      Disney movies done some very controversial things in their movies, teaching a few immoral lessons, and continually pushing the gender inequality and social norms that inhibit people in everyday life, but not a single one of the points you made has any validity and I have no respect for someone who could warp their interpretation of a movie so much and write such a disgusting post.

      You sir, need to get you head out of the 19th century and not judge someone for who they are, how they dress and who they marry.

      But hey, what would I know? To you I'm probably just a little girl who doesn't know her place, right?

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      Pete 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Vox, if I was still living in UK I would not have been to Disneyworld.... one of the benefits of emigrating to Canada ;-)

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      hahaha...sagging! How many times have we made fun of it (my husband, friends and I). It's still popular in Germany - very popular! This hub is just awesome - voted up, funny and interesting, too. Now, the sharing part - this one goes to my FB fan page as well!

      P.S. I'm jealous! I'm a Disney fan, too and I want to go to Disney world - haven't been there once! Ugh! And, you've been there - how many times did you say? 4? We're living in an unfair world! (just a joke, lol)

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      Pete 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks muchly TToombso8... always like to laugh about things. Glad to make you chuckle too. Have yerself a great day!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      petenali: fantabulous! Loved it, laughed all the way through. Very original and creative. Will be following you now. :) VUMS (Voted Up, More, and Shared)

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      Pete 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks harmony155 - appreciate you stopping by.

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      harmony155 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Clever analysis!

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      Pete 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hoped it would do just that. As long as people catch that it's a little "tongue in cheek" I should be okay. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love the premise; your title drew me in immediately and you did a great job with some very funny examples.