Why Jasmine Should Not Go Speechless

Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action remake of Aladdin (2019) that was recently released has received mixed reviews. While the movie was praised for the emancipation of the main female character (princess Jasmine), it was also met with criticism because of its Orientalism and stereotypical portrayal of Arabs. A quick look at the negative reviews shows that the movie has upset many people. However, it is clear that the story of Aladdin is fiction, so it should be clear that the movie does not portray the world exactly as it is in reality – after all, no one seems to be upset about Aladdin’s flying carpet! If people know that Aladdin is a fictional story, then why do they think that the character

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