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Disney accused of 'colonialism and robbery' for trademarking 'hakuna matata' from The Lion King

by Nick Allen

 

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A scene from The Lion King. A new version is being released next year CREDIT: FILM STILLS

 

Disney has been accused of "colonialism and robbery" for trademarking the Swahili phrase "hakuna matata" which was made famous by the blockbuster animated film The Lion King.

 

More than 60,000 people have so far signed a petition accusing the Hollywood studio of cultural appropriation, and demanding it drop commercial rights to the words.

 

"Hakuna matata" means "No worries" or "'No problem" and was the title of a song, written by Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice, for the film.

 

The song was nominated for an Oscar.

 

Full Story: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/19/disney-accused-colonialism-robbery-trademarking-hakuna-matata/

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