Mocking a Ridiculous Culture


TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the content of the above video might be offensive if you are sensitive to racial imagery or oppressive history. Also, apologies if you needed a Trigger Warning for the Trigger Warning (since some snowflakes are sensitive to Trigger Warnings).

This might just be my favorite Disney movie of all time. Apparently, it won an Academy Award(s) in its day. While some might find it offensive these days, I would ask if there is anything we can learn from such a film.

The great thing about art is that it can speak poignantly about life in ways that mere prose cannot. The thing I hope that we can all agree on is that this movie mocks a ridiculous cultural regime. I hope we see the humor in the “paid vacation” and the questions of “is the Fur not wonderful?” I wish Disney would do an updated version of this for our current Western culture.

Something like:

  • Donald Duck praises “Hiel Darwin!!” “Heil Facebook!!” “Heil Me!!”, instead of Hitler and the like
  • Instead of a coffee bean, Donald is hiding a straw in a vault for secret use
  • Instead of Mein Kampf, Donald is forced to read “My Princess Boy“, in public school
  • Singing a song like “We work and work all day, we work into our grave. We don’t have time for church on Sunday, we have little Bobby’s soccer game!”
  • Instead of the swords coming out at every hint of defiance, a social justice warrior brings out his/her/their cellphone, live streaming to Facebook

Honestly, wouldn’t that just be fun.

I also think it is necessary. It is necessary to point out a ridiculous way of living. Humans have far too strong a habit of just wanting to live and let live, to maintain the status quo, to not rock the boat. We live in a culture that needs to be exposed as ridiculous, and more importantly, anti-Christian. This video seems harsh in the 21st century, but for a culture struggling with the realities of war and evil, exposing Nazism as absurd and against the spirit of the US culture would probably have strengthened the resolve of our efforts to thwart this great evil.

I am in the process of writing some articles comparing the current state of affairs in the West with the anti-religious regimes of yesterday (Soviet, Czech, etc.). There are many similarities that the modern Christian should be aware of. In the context of this site, it will be made clear that the trajectory of our culture is toward something totalitarian and secular. The reason many politically conservative individuals lament and side with Christians is because they see a culture and political shift that threatens the liberties necessary for a prosperous nation and flourishing religious communities.

I hope that a lesson on the past will help us work with the present. Hopefully, to sustain Christian communities for the future.

Look out for a few articles coming soon…

Chris Saenz
Chris Saenz is the founder of Post-Christian Era. He has a Master's Degree in Biblical Studies and more than a decade of church work in teaching, worship, and discipleship across many church settings and denominations. He and his wife and three children live in the Los Angeles area (Covina, CA).