Lessons from Childhood: The Lion King and Poverty

Think on this. Ask the hard questions.

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Like many a 90’s child, The Lion King was one of my very favorite movies growing up. Timon and Pumbaa were funny, I couldn’t resist crying a little when Mufasa died, and it was tons of fun bouncing around on my couch with my little sister while singing “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” in obnoxious little-kid voices.

But there was something that always bothered me a little about The Lion King that I never quite understood until I got older: people hated the hyenas. Sure, they weren’t exactly nice to Simba – actually, they were terrifying – but I always felt bad for them, and I never exactly knew why.


It wasn’t until I read this article from Cracked.com when I realized exactly what it was about Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed that gave me the shivers as a child. In the movie, it’s made clear that the hyenas…

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About Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Loosely connected facts: Storyteller. Curator of a Better Internet. Lifelong Politico. Social Media Maven. Creativity and Empathy Evangelist. Performer. Creator of Content Worth Sharing. Digital Strategist. Former Social Worker. Decade teaching in Higher Ed. Master's Degree in Theology. Married to an Irishman. 3 darling kiddos. Preacher's kid. Appalachian. Music maker. Music devour-er. ENTP. Bohemian. Geeky. Obsessed with thrift stores and all things vintage. Lover of species.

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