In this episode we investigate Disney’s new adventure film Jungle Cruise, starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Hoping to copy the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Disney’s latest attempt to turn a theme park attraction into a blockbuster movie tries to sidestep some of the ride’s more racist history but still leans on tropes of exoticism and colonial adventurism. We also discuss Disney’s baffling choice to include a series of gay jokes in the movie. Two guests join host Jonathan McIntosh for this conversation: professor of literature and culture Felicia Lopez and professor of law Carl Williams.
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Audio production: Jonathan McIntosh
Intro music: Simon Stålenhag
Outro music: Rick Lopez