Media portrayals of South Asians have progressed little since Peter Sellers played a desi oaf in The Party, and Disney is the number one culprit. At least Aladdin featured a brown hero and heroine. Little did we know that Disney was reserving its worst transgressions for 1994’s Jungle Book. The greatest insult in Disney’s treatment is not the casting, but the plot of the film itself. Sam Neill plays the father because his ancestors spent generations in the British army in India. Neill enjoys the luxury of reliving colonialism, but this time without a conscience: the natives are savages with designs on white women, so they deserve whatever they get.

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