Petition Is Addressed To Disney: DROP "Hakuna Matata"?
We all know the song Hakuna Matata from Disney's'The Lion King.'
The famous saying means no problems or no worries. It's a common expression in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa and is best known from Disney's 1994 film, The Lion King.
Now, a petition created by Zimbabwean activist Shelton Mpala nowhas grown from 30,000 to over 50,000 signatures.
He told CNN that the petition to draw attention to the appropriation of African culture and the importance of protecting their heritage, identity and culture from being exploited for financial gain by third parties. Mpala believes that the artwork serves to enrich or benefit these museums and corporations and not the creators or people it's from.
Disney has not yet responded to this request for comment. But according to Liz Lenjo, a Kenyan intellectual property and entertainment lawyer, she disagrees with the petition. She believes that Disney hasn't stolen anything and believes this is all due to social media blowing things out of proportion.