Studies in Popular Culture
Willful Ignorance and The Lion King
The subject of willful ignorance in the movie Philadelphia is obvious as the
partners in Andy’s law firm pretend to not notice that he is sick with the deadly
syndrome AIDS. This is a form of power on their point because they use it to
justify firing Andy for fear of contamination. Willful ignorance is also a major
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to be called a stereotypical racist or a bigot. For
these reasons I believe that the audience is only invited as far as they want to go.
The comfortable mask of a Disney movie makes it even easier to stomach. All in
all willful ignorance is a great form of power, in the matter that it is the most useful
tool to keep people where you think they may belong in a certain class structure.