Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg Wants Song of the South Released

Yesterday at Disney’s D23 Expo, the very talented Whoopi Goldberg joined the illustrious group of Disney Legends. She has the distinction of being the only Disney Legend to hold an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and a Grammy to date.┬áIn an interview after the awards ceremony, she was asked by Yahoo! Movies Superfan interviewer Kevin Polowy what her favorite Disney movie was:

Polowy: “D23 is a celebration of all things Disney. What is your all-time favorite Disney movie?”

Goldberg: “You know what? I… I don’t know if I have an all-time favorite Disney movie, but I love them, I really love them all because they all have different things, you know. I… I’m trying to find a way to get people to start having a conversation about bringing Song of the South back, so we can talk about what it was, and where it came from and why it came out. I want people to start putting the crows, you know, in the merchandising. Because those crows sing the song in Dumbo that everybody remembers. So I want to… I want to highlight all the little stuff people sort of maybe miss in movies. So I don’t know if I have a favorite one… I love them all.”

The interview can be seen here:

This is truly wonderful to see Whoopi join other Disney Legends who support Song of the South’s release. Other Disney Legends who have shown their support over the years include Marc Davis (class of 1989), Alice Davis (class of 2004), Roy Disney (class of 1998) and Floyd Norman (class of 2007).

I sincerely hope she is successful in her efforts. Thank you Whoopi, and congratulations to you!

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3 Responses to Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg Wants Song of the South Released

  1. Brandon Marquez says:

    You should know that Whoopi supports tons of controversial media from early Tom and Jerry shorts and Looney Tunes cartoons, she’s known to have introduced the uncut DVD releases of the shorts with an openly gay disclaimer, about how the racial caricatures and jokes were wrong then and wrong today, removing them from the public would be saying that they didn’t exist! Maybe she can do the same for Song of the South!

  2. David Bailey says:

    I agree. ‘Song of the South’ is long overdue a DVD release. I do not see what all the fuss is about. I do not find this classic masterpiece racial or offensive in any way. There are plenty of other films and tv series that are about slavery such as ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘Roots’ and they have been on DVD for years. It is such a shame that people cannot see this outstanding film.

  3. Janette Garcia says:

    Of course it is racial, but not necessarily racist. I remember seeing this as a child, some of it was funny and the worst parts were also lessons in manners and good sense. Even as a child of 8 or 9 I understood the hidden meanings. As an adult, I realize that this could also be considered a re-write of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I would remind everyone that what is now considered racist was once considered polite. Times and perceptions change.

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