Disney updates classic films with stronger racism content warnings

Disney+ Updates Content Advisory with More Direct Language, Stating

Disney Plus has added a new content warning label for several classic animated films, including Peter Pan, Dumbo, fantasy and Lady and the tramp.

"These stereotypes had been fallacious then and are fallacious now", reads an evidence on Disney's Stories Matter web site concerning the brand new advisory notices. Moderately than take away this content material, we wish to acknowledge its risky affect, study from it and spark dialog to create a extra inclusive future collectively.

Disney's addition of these warnings come as many streaming services have grappled with how to properly present - or not present at all - popular favorites from previous eras that include stereotypical (if not outright racist) depictions of various cultures.

The Aristocats and the Native people from Peter Pan
The Aristocats and the Native people from Peter Pan

According to Disney's Stories Matter website, the company is in the process of reassessing past titles with an advisory council composed of outside organizations such as the African American Film Critics Assn., the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, the National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers, the GLAAD Media Institute and others. He sings in poorly accented English voiced by a white actor and plays the piano with chopsticks.

It also says that Peter Pan "portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions", and "shows them speaking in an unintelligible language". Other streaming sites have also made steps to acknowledge the negative portrayals of people of color in movies and shows on their services.

This way, at least a conversation can be had about why these elements are troubling - and Disney+ is smartly looking to continue that conversation with an expanded content warning label.

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The disclaimer also encourages viewers to learn more about how stories have impacted society by visiting disney.com/StoriesMatter. "The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States".

Viewers are also warned that the scene where Peter and The Lost Boys dance in Native American headdresses are a "form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples' culture and imagery".

While in Lady and the Tramp, two Siamese cats, Si and Am, are depicted with anti-Asian stereotypes.

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Disney's most controversial film, Song of the South, perpetuates the racist myth that slaves were content in cotton fields. In it, faceless Black workers toil away to offensive lyrics, such as "When we get our pay, we throw our money away".

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