Elementary school’s ‘Aladdin’ play canceled over stereotyping complaints

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CATONSVILLE, MD (WBAL) An elementary school in Catonsville, Maryland school has canceled its production of Disney’s “Aladdin, Jr.” after complaints of stereotyping Arab culture. 

Students at Westowne Elementary School auditioned for the play last month. 

It was due to go on in February, but at a meeting Monday night, the school decided to cancel it after the influx of complaints. 

One parent, Danette Zaghari-Mask, said her fourth grade son came home upset and humiliated.

“In the play, Arabs are described as barbaric — those are the exact words that are used. And the actual play was very controversial apparently in the early ’90s,” Zaghari-Mask said.

“Aladdin, Jr.” is adapted from the popular 1992 Disney film “Aladdin.”

The school will be performing “The Young Fables” instead. 


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