New Streaming Service Disney+ Putting A Disclaimer For Racism In Its Older Movies

New Streaming Service Disney+ Putting A Disclaimer For Racism In Its Older Movies
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It looks like new streaming service Disney+ is already trying to save itself from outrage. They are putting disclaimers in their older films for potential racism or racist themes. Many of their older films such as Peter PanDumbo, and Lady and the Tramp now have a disclaimer included that says they “may contain outdated cultural depictions.”

The streaming service notes that these movies receive criticism in the past for their ‘outdated cultural depictions.’ Furthermore, films like The AristocatsFantasia, and The Jungle Book even have this disclaimer. However, this little disclaimer is buried in the description area of its movies if people care to read them before watching.


Why do Disney+ films need a racism disclaimer?

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Racism disclaimer / Disney+

The best example of this would be in the classic film Dumbo. There is a character by the name of Jim Crow who speaks in an accent that is a parody of a black American accent. The Aristocats and Lady and the Tramp also feature Siamese cats that speak in voices parodying East Asian accents. Additionally, all of the voices were performed by white actors.

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Furthermore, in Peter Pan, many deem their depiction of Native Americans to be racist. A lot of people don’t understand why Disney+ needed to do this for such classic and beloved films, but others sounded off on Twitter on how much they love Disney+ for doing that.

Some people love it, some people hate it

Another person says, “Look at #DisneyPlus letting the people know early that their old films were racist and culturally insensitive. Accountability is key, and historical context is important.” However, another person chimes in not exactly thrilled with Disney+ (seen in the tweet below).

There are certain Disney films that did not make it onto the streaming service, perhaps for being too culturally insensitive. Song of the South is one of them. However, in another classic, some scenes have been edited out. In Fantasia, there is a dark-skinned centaur by the name of Sunflower. She takes care of the lighter-skinned centaurs and this scene has been edited out.

Disney+ isn’t the only company putting out these disclaimers. Warner Bros. has actually been doing this for its Tom and Jerry cartoons. Warner Bros.’ disclaimers say that they were “were commonplace in American society,” and they were “wrong then and are wrong today.”

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