(NEWSER) – Until recently, the Netflix description for the 1995 animated Disney film Pocahontas read like the back cover of a Harlequin novel—and was sexist and racist to boot, a Native American writer asserts, per the Guardian.
The original description, seen in a screenshot Adrienne Keene posted on the Native Appropriations website, read as follows: "An American Indian woman is supposed to marry the village's best warrior, but she yearns for something more—and soon meets Capt. John Smith." Keene's reaction: "The use of 'woman' and 'yearns' is so … gross. Shudder. … It overly sexualizes the film, and only positions Pocahontas in relation to her romantic options, not as a human being, you know, doing things." She also pointed out the "colonial white supremacy embedded ... of course Pocahontas wouldn't be content with her backwards Native ways with her Native man … she yearns for something more. SPOILER ALERT: It's a white dude."