6 Surprisingly Bad Lessons We Learned From Disney’s Aladdin
Aladdin is one of those Disney movies that you either loved or hated. And by ‘hated’ we actually mean ‘were scared out of your mind of.’ But while it was definitely a different vibe than some of the other Disney films of its time, Aladdin still ended up teaching young viewers some pretty bad lessons.
1. Wealth and status will make people like you. Aladdin’s one wish to the genie was to become a prince, and even after he met Jasmine he continued going with the lie because he was scared she wouldn’t like him for who he really was. It’s obviously easy to think being rich and powerful equals happiness, but IRL it really doesn’t.
2. Fall in love based on looks. Another issue with the whole Aladdin/Jasmine relationship is the fact that he fell in love with her in approximately .2 seconds. Oh and the main reason why he liked her at first was because she was pretty. We’ve seen this whole ‘fall in love quickly and live happily ever after’ thing in multiple Disney films, but it’s still totally not okay!
3. Go back on your promises. Aladdin promised to let Genie out of the lamp, but he then went back on his word so he could keep him around for his own benefit. Yes, Genie is let out eventually, but what would’ve happened if the sultan didn’t change the law? Would Aladdin still keep him in there as a personal wish-granting factory?
4. Use your sexuality to get out of bad situations. Jasmine is obviously an independent woman, but when she was held hostage by Jafar she resorted to seducing him so she could escape. We’re all about praising people who think on their feet, but using sexuality as a persuasive tactic isn’t something little girls should think is acceptable.
5. Arabia is nothing but a violent desert. The original lyrics from “Arabian Nights” raised so many red flags among the Arab-American community that they had to be changed for the DVD. The song went from saying, “They cut off your ear if they don’t like your face/ It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home” to “Where it’s flat and immense/ And the heat is intense.” Many people saw the film as something that did nothing but depict the middle east as a violent place.
6. Lie to the people you love. Aladdin is basically entirely based on a lie, and for those who are familiar with Jasmine’s reaction when she found out Aladdin was lying about who he was, you know lying is never a good option.