At the time of this post, over 187K+ people signed the petition in that link above. I’m one of them because I practice what I preach.
Some of you may have seen my #TrademarkWars post not too long ago. I’m not sorry for repeating the information, but some of this maybe new to some of you. For those of you who didn’t see that earlier post, let me give you the scoop. Disney owns a trademark for the words “Hakuna Matata”.
“But Ospreyshire, that’s a stupid thing to worry about!” You might say. “What’s the big deal?”
It’s because making a dollar of a foreign phrase is cultural appropriation. That’s why.
This offends me more than The Lion King ripping off Kimba the White Lion, and that’s saying something. The thing is “Hakuna Matata” has been a very common phrase that the Swahili-speaking world (examples: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, DRC, etc.) has said for centuries. Disney acts like they can just own foreign words like some kind of hidden treasure. That’s colonizer thinking right there. Could you imagine the outrage if Disney or any other conglomerate were to trademark foreign phrases such as “C’est La Vie” from the French or “Que Sara Sara” from the Italians? Everybody would riot if that were to happen. Even English speakers know what those phrases mean and would call out something like that. Keep in mind, even Paris Hilton couldn’t trademark “That’s hot” and Donald Trump couldn’t trademark “You’re fired” when The Apprentice was a hit show, so what does that tell you? I guess since this involves Africans, then they don’t matter in Disney’s eyes by taking a common saying that’s spoken throughout multiple countries in that continent.
Cultural appropriation is another form of racism as it steals from others while benefiting the appropriator. I’m sick and tired of people getting away with thieving cultural elements that clearly never belonged to them to the first place. The Swahili speaking public got nothing out of this trademark even though they’ve been saying it long before the invention of animation.
If this irks you that colonialism still permeates even in kids movies, then I would urge you to sign.
Hakuna Matata: Not some remorse-free philosophy
This just never stops, does it?
I recently heard about these stories when I did more research on African news.
This first story involves Kenya. As you may or may not know, China has been doing business in several African countries. This idiot who calls himself a businessman named Liu Jiaqi decides to bash Kenya, their president, and dares to call the people “monkeys”. Thank God, the government had enough sense to deport his sorry behind back to where he came from. Devils like him have no business in Africa. I also noticed how he was silent about the Kenyan guy asking why he didn’t want to do business in America or Europe. You know very well Jianqi would NEVER pull that mess on White people, and that’s a fact.
The second story involves Uganda again. Some of you might remember a story I linked to not too long ago where that redneck so-called pastor called those Ugandan hotel workers the N-word and straight up assaulted one of the employees. Unlike that story, we have Chinese businessmen doing some illegal mining, get called out on their criminal activity, and now these investors act like petulant children by attacking the local politicians. At least these Ugandans fought back and are going to throw charges at them. They need to punish these businessmen and make an example of their devilry. Show them who’s boss. They should kick them out of the country and say “you will not disrespect us here”. I would bet you money if some African did the same thing in China, you know they would be swift and harsh in punishing that individual.
Racism just makes me sick and not just because I’ve had to deal with it. These are people in power who think they can abuse whoever seems “lower” then them. Much like the racist pastor, these bigwigs are nothing but man-children and parasites. People just need to grow up and respect others regardless of their skin color.
These videos are courtesy of The Advise Show
[Warning: The above video contains strong language, racial slurs, violence, and making genocidal threats against Ugandans]
The level of stupidity is freaking mind-blowing, but I’m no longer surprised especially in this sociopolitical climate.
So there’s this pastor named Jimmy Taylor from Arizona who was there to do some missionary work in Uganda. While he was in Kampala (the capital and largest city), this Jimmy Taylor ignoramus freaks out and goes on a racial tirade while also assaulting a hotel employee. Thankfully, he got arrested in Kampala where he will be tried.
Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot stand racism. Whether it’s posting on here, my fiction projects, or even my film and anime reviews, should know that I don’t play around with that crap. I’ve lived through it, been discriminated, and I know I’ve been treated worse than my Caucasian counterparts in my life.
It was painful watching that video, and I had ambivalent feelings about Francis (the victim) dealing with Jimmy Taylor. I get that the employers may have fired him if he dared to fight back, but if that were me, then I would be so tempted to throw hands to defend myself. Come on, everyone. If the races were reversed and if some Ugandan guy decided to insult some Caucasians in America and assaulted the staff, he would be beaten or even killed by the police and that’s a fact. The level of entitlement and arrogance from Jimmy Taylor just sickens me. Why aren’t more people speaking out against this bigot?
The people of Africa did a great job for making this video go viral and Dr. Mumbi Seraki did a great story about this on her YouTube channel. I’ve certainly learned more about African news and culture watching her stuff online. People need to call out these racists.