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Leftists Not Content with Toppling Statues, Now Targeting Beloved Disney Attraction

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The most famous theme park ride in America could soon be radically changed, all because the attraction is loosely based on a dated cartoon.

Petitions are now circulating the internet demanding Disney revamp its Splash Mountain rides located in several of the company’s parks.

“While the ride is considered a beloved classic it’s history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film Song of the South,” a Change.org petition reads.

Although the log flume is enjoyed by countless families every day, it’s now seen as nothing more than a stepping stone to achieving that perennial goal of the left: cultural diversity.

“There is a huge need for diversity in the parks,” the petition continues, “and this could help fill that need.”

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Instead of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear, Br’er Fox and all other characters “steeped” in racism, activists suggest a complete remodel of the ride to center around the 2009 film “The Princess and the Frog.”

“This change could kill two birds with one stone,” the petition claims, “remove the offensive stereotypical theming the ride currently has and bring a much needed diversity to the parks. As well as a much bigger merchandising opportunity for Princess and the Frog.”

While it may seem tempting to remove one of the parks’ most iconic rides to replace it with a 2009 cartoon, it’s unclear if the multibillion-dollar Walt Disney Company plans to do so.

Although Disney is seemingly content with Splash Mountain remaining in its parks, the same hospitality can’t be said of the ride’s inspiration.

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Since the film’s release, “Song of the South” has remained an embarrassing thorn in the company’s side thanks to its portrayal of black Americans.

To date, Disney has not released an uncensored version of the movie on home video domestically, though it has released the film in some foreign markets where, one presumes, any backlash would have been expected to be limited.

Despite the company’s attempt to memory-hole the film, the leftist mob is still demanding blood in the form of a completely revamped Splash Mountain.

The demands come as rioters topple statues across the nation in the wake of the alleged police killing of George Floyd.

Christopher Columbus and other figures central to American history have had memorials and statues thrown to the ground by the angry crowds, with some cities seemingly unwilling to stop the destruction.

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While Splash Mountain may be a little more difficult to raze than a statue in a public park, this doesn’t mean the problematic log flume will escape the wrath of the left.

To pacify activist shareholders and avoid a potential boycott of the park, it’s entirely possible that Disney will make some substantial changes to the ride in the future.

As of now, it’s clear that the America envisioned by the radical left looks nothing like the country we know and love.

CORRECTION, June 17, 2020: We have added language to this article to clarify the point that Disney has never released “Song of the South” domestically on VHS or any other home media. The film was released in foreign markets.

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Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard and is a husband, dad and aspiring farmer.
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He is a husband, dad, and aspiring farmer. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard. If he's not with his wife and son, then he's either shooting guns or working on his motorcycle.
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