Mary Poppins: Racist

The squeaky clean family movie classic has been labeled racist in a piece published in the New York Times. Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner accuses Julie Andrews of ”blacking up” with soot in the iconic dance scene with Dick Van Dyke.

“When the magical nanny (played by Julie Andrews) accompanies her young charges, Michael and Jane Banks, up their chimney, her face gets covered in soot, but instead of wiping it off, she gamely powders her nose and cheeks even blacker.”

Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner is a professor at Linfield College in McMinnville Oregon. The private university also has a campus in Portland.

“The chief reason I wrote this article was the hope that a Disney exec would read it, take another look at the forthcoming Dumbo remake, and ask if there was anything just a little bit racist they might want to rethink before it hits the big screen.”

Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner

The fact that the college is located in Portland and the “good” professor has a hyphenated last name tells me more than I need to know.

Calamity Jane