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Disney places racism warnings on classic films for 'negative racial depictions and mistreatment of people or cultures'

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 10/16/2020 Andrew Mark Miller
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Disney has placed content warnings on several of its classic animated films over racism and stereotype concerns.

“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” a warning message says to viewers who attempt to watch movies such as Peter Pan, Dumbo, and, The Jungle Book on the streaming service Disney+, according to Daily Mail.

“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” the warning continues. “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.”

Disney warns of perceived racism and stereotypes in certain scenes from the movies, including a moment from Peter Pan when Peter and The Lost Boys dance in Native American headdresses, which the company says is a "form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples' culture and imagery."

Other movies slapped with a warning include the 1955 hit Lady and the Tramp and the 1960 adventure classic Swiss Family Robinson.

In The Aristocats, a 1970 comedy about singing cats, Disney warns that one of the cats "sings in a poorly accented English voiced by a white actor and plays the piano with chopsticks."

Lady and the Tramp was deemed potentially offensive due to perceived stereotyping of Asians via Siamese cats and largely ethnic names and accents in a dog pound.

In June, Disney announced it will completely overhaul the popular amusement park ride Splash Mountain after accusations of racism.

“We stand against racism,” the company posted on its official social media account this past summer. “We stand for inclusion. We stand with our fellow Black employees, storytellers, creators and the entire Black community. We must unite and speak out.”

Tags: News, Disney, Racism

Original Author: Andrew Mark Miller

Original Location: Disney places racism warnings on classic films for 'negative racial depictions and mistreatment of people or cultures'

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