Disney Christmas advert angers netizens as plot does not match reality of ‘Asian hate’ in US society
Published: Nov 23, 2021 11:31 PM
Photo: Sina Weibo

Photo: Sina Weibo

Netizens from China and abroad have expressed anger over a Disney Christmas advert called Stepdad, in which a black man is a stepfather raising two Asian children. Netizens said it does not match the reality of "Asian hate" in US society.

In the advert, the stepdad Mike moves in with an Asian family and raises two Asian children Max and Ella with his wife Nicole who is of Filipino heritage.

Many netizens took to social media to question the authenticity of the plot, condemning Disney for making up the story for the sake of "political correctness."

"This advert makes me sick to the stomach. How many Asian girls and boys were and are bullied by blacks in the subway, street and school… What a joke the advert is," one netizen under the online name of Tiger Zhang commented on twitter. 

"Disney's brainwashing has become the biggest irony, but Asian Americans have repeatedly suffered discrimination and violence in reality," one media account named Dibaguanwei said in a comment sent to the Global Times.

"Disney is compiling beautiful lies to cover up the cruel reality! The super influence they accumulate over so many years will be exhausted when they focus on spreading rumors," one Chinese netizen commented on Sina Weibo. 

One Chinese netizen surnamed Sun who once stayed in the US for several years and watched the advert told the Global Times that the image of Asian boy Max is full of common stereotypes such as "wearing thick glasses, thin and unattractive, and looking like a nerd." 

Global Times