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I think the penguins are supposed to be white.

I just want to say that I think it’s possible that people would find it helpful, in gaining insight into the whole diversity issue, to watch a video of an animated peacock in a land of animated penguins. I am not dismissing it out of hand.

On the face of it, though—doesn’t it sound fundamentally designed to confirm the prejudice of us privileged that the issue is not, at heart, a serious one? And that we don’t need to take it seriously?

Again: it’s possible that animation, animals and allegory are more effective than a more realistic treatment could be. Gentle Readers know I am not much for realism or naturalism, either. Rhetoric and teaching could use a little less of that sort of thing, probably. I might not start with diversity training, though.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,
-Vardibidian.

Comments

I think there's a long tradition of using animals to make points about human behavior, from Aesop to “The Ugly Duckling” to Animal Farm.

I also think animation has been used to make serious political points for quite a while, including diversity points; the 1971 movie The Point! springs to mind, along with segments of Free to Be, You and Me and (perhaps) Schoolhouse Rock and of course the animated movie of Animal Farm. Though most such efforts have been aimed primarily at kids.

And I suppose more generally, an awful lot of children's TV shows and movies have as a primary and explicit moral that it's okay to be different.

But that raises the question: who do you mean when you say “people” might or might not find it helpful? Are you talking specifically about adult-type people?


Yes, the item in question is “Designed for all levels of the organization”, so adult-type people specifically. And you are right that animation and animals can make a point clear, even for adults (although I'm not convinced that Mr. Orwell would consider that Animal Farm was a success in that regard), but I think it would be, given the various cultural norms involved, unlikely that such a video would be a success. Although you could argue that any 10-minute video is unlikely to be a success, and it does look like the book is perhaps more persuasive.

Thanks,
-V.


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