Aldama's neurobiological humanism (some critics might call this species-ism
) emphasizes "our universal nature of emotions along with our universal fiction-making capacity" (11).
The unkindest and most uninformed criticism--coming even from those who should know better--charges humanists with disregarding the nonhuman forms of life, with being indifferent to the biosphere, with being guilty of what is inelegantly call species-ism
. This accusation, which defies history and does violence to the biographies of our greatest pioneers, comes down to nothing more than a bad pun, a play on the word: human-ism.
If Bogo's behavior smacks of species-ism
, that's no accident: The "Zootopia" screenplay (on which the directors share credit with Phil Johnston and co-helmer Jared Bush) actually turns real-world racial-sensitivity issues into something of a talking point--as when Judy notes that a bunny can call another bunny "cute," but it's not OK when another animal does it.