Once again, the Arab-American community wants Disney to change its tune.
Back in 1992, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) labeled some lyrics in Aladdin‘s ”Arabian Nights” number ”defamatory” and pressured the studio into altering them for video release. But lines from ”Arabian Nights” that never made it into the original Aladdin now show up in the direct-to-video Jafar: ”Pack your shield, pack your sword/You won’t ever get bored/Though get beaten or gored you might.”
”Negative images lingered (from Aladdin),” says Salam Al-Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which protested the Jafar lyrics along with the ADC. ”The images produced a self-hating feeling.” Adds ADC president Albert Mokhiber, ”It’s deja vu all over again. I’m really surprised this would happen, because one of the promises (Disney) made was that it would use us as consultants in the future.” In fact, the ADC contacted the studio in February when it got wind of the sequel, but by then Jafar was near completion. Disney has declined comment. However, the studio has been consulting both groups about TV’s Aladdin cartoon series.