In the summer of 1995, Disney released its 33rd animated feature, Pocahontas, which purported to show the adventures of the Powhatan princess, Pocahontas. The film grossed $346 million, and Pocahontas joined the pantheon of Disney princesses. She was a fresh new type of princess, hailed for her bravery and fortitude. She even had "a badass tattoo," and a "a fantastic sense of humor."
She was also a complete and utter lie.
Oh, there was a real Pocahontas, all right.The only thing was, her real name was Matoaka, which means "flower between two streams" (Pocahontas was a nickname, which basically means "naughty one") and she never had a relationship with John Smith, since she was around 10 when he arrived.
Also, John Smith wasn't particularly the type of guy you wanted to be with. In fact, he was a massive douche.Indian County Today explains, "Smith was feared by many Native people because he was known to enter villages and put guns to heads of chiefs demanding food and supplies." Yeah, definitely not a hero.
So John Smith, not a good person. And the whole Pocahontas rescuing the colonists (and John Smith) – not true.
So why, in the name of all the saints and denominations, did Donald Trump have her name in his mouth this Monday?the Code Talkers, Navajo veterans who came up with an unbreakable code that was instrumental in helping America during World War II. As one veteran, Major Howard Connor, who was the signal officer of the Navajos at Iwo Jima, said, "Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima."
So the Code Talkers are a part of living history, America's treasured cultural legacy, a large part of the reason we weren't defeated in WWII... and wouldn't you know Trump just had to go off script and put his foot in his mouth as he spoke to them?
Here's the video: Trump calls Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' while honoring Native American code talkers: "You were… https://t.co/V6ABp7hy0m— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1511812632.0
Trump has repeatedly called Warren "Pocahontas" before as a derisive allusion to her claim that she is part Native American."I am very proud of my heritage," Warren once told NPR. "These are my family stories. This is what my brothers and I were told by my mom and my dad, my mammaw and my pappaw. This is our lives. And I'm very proud of it." CNN notes "In that account and others, a genealogist traced Warren's Native American heritage to the late 19th century, which, if true, would make her 1/32 Native American. (However, the legitimacy of those findings has been debated.)" All this is to say, even though Warren has a vague claim to Native American heritage, Trump should not use it as an insult.
But people still couldn't understand why the comments were so offensive.the Root had to break it down with this explanation. "Calling someone by a stereotypical name that is not their own because of their alleged ethnic or racial background is racist." Indeed.
He then gives the example of someone calling him "Leroy," a stereotypical name for an African American man (Harriot is African American) as a reason why it's so offensive.
Completely wrong, because someone else just had to poke his nose into the fiasco.
The irony of an ABC reporter (whose parent company Disney has profited nearly half a billion dollars on the movie “… https://t.co/P6HnIeEoCG— Eric Trump (@Eric Trump)1511877845.0
Unsurprisingly, people on social media were not amused. After all, this tweet was asinine on several levels.
@EricTrump That's not irony. It's a non-sequitor. The movie was a dramatization about an actual historical figure.… https://t.co/qJsKayOLhB— Pé (@Pé)1511882318.0
Another commenter, Congressman Ted Lieu of California, broke it down another way.
Dear @EricTrump: The movie "Dumb and Dumber" grossed $247 million. That doesn't mean that if I call you "Dumb" you… https://t.co/4AElQT67sL— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1511903071.0
I’m starting to think Eric Trump isn’t very bright. https://t.co/09XtsM9O5o— Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) November 28, 2017
Let's be very clear. Eric Trump just tried to excuse his dad's racism displayed at an event to honor war heroes by using a Disney animated movie as his defense. ?THIS IS WHERE WE ARE. THIS IS THE TRUMP FAMILY. — Nicki ? (@nickiknowsnada) November 28, 2017
The irony of Eric Trump, (whose “dad" has clearly shunted him to the shadows for his Quasimodo looks and stunted intellect) saying he’s staggered by ANYTHING his “dad" is accused of is… dude, STFU and sip your damn juice box. https://t.co/Dc3tYIPki0— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) November 28, 2017
In Eric Trump logic: You can call people a Tramp without it being offensive because Disney made a movie once...— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) November 28, 2017
bruh that movie was about pocahontas https://t.co/afFpntwfOW— Pat Dennis (@patdennis) November 28, 2017
The takeaway here is – think before you tweet next time, Eric Trump. Also, the real Pocahontas story is really awful, so calling someone her name – especially as an insult is not the thing to do.
I feel confident that Eric Trump does not know that Pocahontas was a real person https://t.co/CUwfTuG6w4— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) November 28, 2017