SINCE its release 22 summers ago, Disney's animated hit "Pocahontas" has generated divisive opinions. On the one hand, the rated film G took extreme narrative freedoms, painting the brutal story of the seventeenth-century icon as a romantic, child-friendly meal. On the other hand, the study received praise for finally – after six decades of fictitious and uniformly pale princesses – that represented a woman of real color.
However, for the entire debate, Disney never issued a prominent turn of criticism about using the name Pocahontas in its title – until now.
On Tuesday, Eric Trump tweeted an apparent attempt to defend his father's renewed use of "Pocahontas" as a mocking term by criticizing Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mbad.) And his pretensions of American Indian heritage.
At an event on Monday, greeting three Navajo-speaking talkers who helped the Marines in the Pacific Theater during World War II, President Trump said: "You were here long before any of us were here. we have a representative in Congress who says he was here a long time ago, they call her Pocahontas. "
President Trump speaks during a meeting on Monday with people who speak Navajo codes in the Oval Office. (Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post)
A spokesperson for the Navajo Nation described such comments as inappropriate, stating that no member of a tribal nation should be reduced to "the spearhead of a joke."
Later on Monday, Jonathan Karl News, of ABC, asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "Why [Trump] felt the need to say something offensive to many people while honoring the speakers of Navajo codes, these genuine American heroes? "
Sanders responded that "Pocahontas" was not "the president's intention," and that the real offense was that Warren "was lying about his inheritance to advance his career."
On Tuesday morning, Eric Trump tweeted "The irony of an ABC journalist (whose parent company, Disney, has benefited from almost half a billion dollars in the film & # 39; Pocahontas & # 39;), inferring that the name is & # 39; offensive & # 39; is truly amazing to me.
("Pocahontas" raised $ 346 million worldwide in its 1995 release and generated Blu-Ray / DVD merchandise and editions.)
The irony of an ABC reporter (whose Disney parent company has benefited almost half trillion dollars in the movie "Pocahontas") inferring that the name is "offensive" is really amazing to me.
– Eric Trump (@EricTrump) November 28, 2017
In response to Trump's tweet, many people on social networks questioned whether the president's son was intentionally dishonestly intellectually – otherwise, How could you honestly equate the use of your Disney name in a little biographical film with Donald Trump's use of his laughter as an insult to ridicule a senator?
If Eric Trump wanted to take a leap – as forced as he is, between ABC News and Disney's "Pocahontas", there's a lot of material to attack the animated movie as offensive. All I have to do is understand some of the criticisms that the film received two decades ago.
For example, the Los Angeles Times reported on how "Pocahontas" perpetuates the fantasy of a regal "good Indian" who is willing to sacrifice his life for that of a white male invader. The Times wrote about the release of the film: "Our fascination with this image of the Indian princess was rightly called" Pocahontas Perplex "by Rayna Green, director of the American Indian program at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution. "
And in reaching a verdict in 2008, The Guardian wrote that the film is "an immaculate visual production, but it loses points by laundering colonial history."
"He has tried to give a generation of children the impression that the conquest of America was a joyful and cooperative effort between enlightened Europeans and native accommodators," the Guardian continued. "Not to mention the impression that a stray dog could marry a raccoon."
Eric Trump was 11 years old when "Pocahontas" was launched, and therefore a member of that "generation of kids" who might have bought the Disney hoax.
So maybe the youngest Trump really learned one or two things by growing up in such Disney movies, after all: how to resort to "changing the narrative" to present a bleached understanding of events.
Trump refers to & # 39; Pocahontas & # 39; during the ceremony to honor the Navajo code talkers