A late-1980’s pin surfaces with Minnie and a racist symbol.
BR’ER BANK, CA — Just when the controversy over Donald Duck’s Nazi history had finally settled down, the Disney Company finds itself on the defensive again. And this time, it was because of a character no one expected.
Minnie Mouse has some explaining to do.
Pinning down her background
Several Uncle Walt’s Insider readers [Ed.: Two counts as “several,” right?] called our attention to a 1989 official Disney pin which features Minnie Mouse and the Betsy Ross flag together. Worse yet, the pin depicts Minnie as Ms. Ross, actually creating this hateful symbol of slavery.
At time of publication, no official response from Disney has been released. Meanwhile, our researchers are scouring pin-trading websites to see if any Disney characters appear with other hateful symbols, such as baseball, apple pie, or Chevrolet.
Is Mickey cool with this, we wonder? Should he denounce Minnie? Let us know in the comments below!
Cover photo: A pin shows Minnie Mouse with a racist flag. Photo by AntiquesNavigator.com.