“Hakuna Matata” Means More Worries For Disney

“Hakuna Matata” Means More Worries For Disney

Uh-oh. The Change.org petition accused Disney of cultural appropriation for trademarking “Hakuna Matata,” arguing that it is a culture’s language and shouldn’t be patented. Should it?

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If you’ve seen Disney’s “The Lion King,” you probably remember Timon and Pumbaa dancing around and singing a happy tune about being carefree. However, Disney hasn’t been feeling very relaxed lately.

According to the New York Post, a petition that has gained support of more than 35,000 signatures has called on Disney to release its trademark on the famous words “Hakuna Matata” due to the cultural appropriation of the Swahili language.

The catchy phrase, which means “no problem” or “no worries,” became a hit in 1994. It has since re-emerged due to the upcoming live-action remake of the hugely popular children’s musical.

Despite Disney applying for the trademark back in 1994 and succeeding in 2003, an activist from Zimbabwe is claiming that “a culture’s language can and should not be patented.”

Activist Shelton Mpala launched the Change.org petition urging Disney to release the trademark it has on “Hakuna Matata.” He likens it to “colonialism” and “robbery,” per the New York Post.

“The appropriation of something you have no right over. Imagine, ‘If we were to go that route, then we owe the British royalties for everyone who speaks English, or France for when we speak French,’” Mpala’s petition reads.

“Join us and say NO to DISNEY or any corporations/individuals looking to trademark languages, terms or phrases they didn’t invent.”

The trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of the classic story was released in November of 2018, revealing a young lion prince going into exile after the murder of his father. He only returns after finding out about his uncle’s evil ways.

A Broadway hit, toys and clothing, games and several film sequels and spinoffs are just some of the outcomes of the immense popularity of Disney’s original 90s film “The Lion King.”

A petitioner accused Disney of cultural appropriation for trademarking the phrase “Hakuna Matata.” Do you agree it’s wrong? Read more about this story on the New York Post here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Uh-oh. The Change.org petition accused Disney of cultural appropriation for trademarking “Hakuna Matata,” arguing that it is a culture’s language and shouldn’t be patented. Should it?

Totals
49% Ya, no big deal
51% No, this is wrong
Males
45% Ya, no big deal
55% No, this is wrong
Females
60% Ya, no big deal
40% No, this is wrong

Ya, no big deal

No, this is wrong


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