I was really upset with the Aladdin trailer. It looked like it was more Bollywood than anything else (which would be super cool as it’s own movie) but Middle Eastern culture gets so little representation as it is! You wouldn’t set Mulan in Korea, Pocahontas in Australia, or Rapunzel in Mexico. It felt like the director doesn’t care about the culture, which is what inspired this beloved story in the first place, and said “meh, close enough.”
I keep printed area rugs in my house because when I was little, I used to drag my parents’ rug from the den to ‘’ride’’ it like Aladdin. I’d spend hours sitting on the Moroccan print carpet with a toy monkey and teapot-for-a-genie-lamp pretending to be flying through Agrabah.
I had to put my dog down recently, her name was Jasmine, and I have two others named Aladdin and Genie. I can’t watch the movie Aladdin without crying over my dead puppy. I need to stop naming pets after Disney characters.
My mother was abusive for years and I truly believed I was worthless and weak. Treasure Planet and Aladdin helped me a lot, since Jim and Aladdin wanted to be so much more and I saw myself in them.
I can’t watch Aladdin anymore after watching the Starkid musical “Twisted.” Now all I see when I try to watch Aladdin is a misunderstood Jafar and a creepy, sex-crazed Aladdin.
A former family-member I no longer speak to once saw photos of me and said I look like a “street-rat.” I love Aladdin, its one of my favourites and her words luckily didn’t put me off watching the movie, but at the same time, nowadays every time I hear the term “street-rat” I get sick to my stomach.
I’m not really thrilled for the casting of Jasmine for the live-action remake of Aladdin since she’s not even Arab, but I’m excited for the actor of Aladdin especially since he’s Egyptian like me. You don’t see a lot of Egyptians in the Western World and I’m glad we’re finally being noticed.