Published: Sun, October 18, 2020

Disney issues racism warning for several classic movies

Disney issues racism warning for several classic movies

The Aristocats (1970) and The Jungle Book (1967) are just a few classic Disney films where the company made a decision to include content warnings at the beginning due to the racist connotations that these can get to have.

The disclaimer reads as, "This programme includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now".

On the subject of simply removing the content permanently from its platforms, Disney states "We want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together". "Disney is dedicated to creating tales with inspirational and aspirational themes that replicate the wealthy variety of the human expertise across the globe".

Disney has issued a racism warning for several of its classic films.

The new warning will appear on viewers' screens for 15 seconds before they watch animated movies including Dumbo, Peter Pan and The Aristocats, as well as live-action adventure Swiss Family Robinson.

Disney agrees. Viewers will now encounter a warning on Disney+ when streaming those and other titles containing racist material.


It also lists the social justice groups Disney is working with on this new initiative, including The AAFCA, CAPE, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, GLAAD Media Institute, IllumiNative, NALIP, RespectAbility, and more.

Why Classics Are Getting Tagged Photo: Shun Gon from The Aristocats (left) and the Native people from Peter Pan (right). The site explains that this "reinforces the "perpetual foreigner" stereotype, while the film also features lyrics that mock the Chinese language and culture".

Somewhere else in Peter Pan, Disney cautions the energized exemplary utilizations generalizations to portray Indigenous individuals, specifically they are seen "communicating in an incomprehensible language and consistently alludes to them as "redskins, ' a hostile term. It adds: "Peter and the Lost Boys engage in dancing, wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes, a form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples" culture and imagery".

"Dumbo", released in 1942, includes a warning because of the crows, which "pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations".

In Dumbo, one of the crows is named Jim Crow, the same name as the set of laws that enforced segregation.

Disney's initial message a year ago was more brief.

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