Disney plus adds content warning for racism in classic films
Disney has updated a content advisory warning for racism with a strengthened message in its classic films, which was in place since last November.
When played on the Disney+ streaming service, films such as Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Jungle Book now flash up with a warning about stereotypes.
“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” the warning says.
“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now.”
“Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together,” it adds.
Other films to carry the warning are The Aristocats, which shows a cat in “yellow-face” playing the piano with chopsticks, and Peter Pan, where Native Americans are referred to by the racist slur “redskins”.
Dumbo also carries a warning due to the show which “ridiculed enslaved Africans.”
The company has already added a warning about racism last November – however, it was much shorter.
Then, the disclaimer read: “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”
Meanwhile, some films, such as Song of the South, are not available to stream on Disney+ at all because of racism.