Letter: Animated argument

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Sir: The Walt Disney film Aladdin, and its depiction of the Arabs as barbaric savages, is only the latest in a long line of recent Hollywood films that have been participating in what Edward Said would call 'the last acceptable form of racism'.

I find it difficult to see a mainstream Hollywood picture that doesn't include an incompetent Arab terrorist, a megalomaniacal Arab tyrant, or a fat and wealthy sheikh as a jingoistic focal point of hatred for the audience. Anti-Arab and Islamic racism has crept silently but surely into Western popular culture, infinitely aided by the media's reaction to the Gulf war of 1991.

Yours faithfully,



23 November