Disney Warns Viewers Of Racism In Some Classic Movies With Strengthened Label

Disney+ Updates Content Advisory with More Direct Language, Stating

Disney+ Updates Content Advisory with More Direct Language, Stating "These Stereotypes Were Wrong Then and are Wrong Now"

Classic Disney animated movies "Peter Pan", "The Aristocrats" and "Dumbo" have been given content advisory notices warning viewers that they contain outdated or stereotyped depictions of people of color.

But unlike Disney's treatment of Song of the South, which Disney has made a concerted effort to make unavailable on home video and streaming, the House of Mouse is attempting to have a fuller conversation about the racist elements of its beloved classics like Peter Pan, Dumbo, and The Aristocats.

For instance, Disney explains "Aristocats" features a cat "depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypical traits such as slanted eyes and buck teeth", adding, "This portrayal reinforces the "perpetual foreigner" stereotype, while the film also features lyrics that mock the Chinese language and culture".

"This program is presented as originally created", the message read. The company is expanding is Disney+ content warning to these three films, improving and enhancing its advisory label to include "negative depictions" and deeper dives into the cultural context of the titles. "These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now", reads the new warning from Disney that pops up before the above titles and others. 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 said scenes in which Peter and the Lost Boys are seen dancing in native American headdresses are "a form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples' culture and imagery". In Dumbo, from 1941, crows teach the elephant how to fly.

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Lady and the Tramp issued a warning over stereotyping of Asians over Siamese cats Si and Am, and for a dog pound featuring canines with Mexican and Russian names and accents.

The Jungle Book, a 1967 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel, has also been highlighted for its perceived use of negative racial stereotypes.

Disney acknowledges "that some communities have been erased or forgotten altogether, and we're committed to giving voice to their stories as well".

"There is incredible power in seeing someone who's like you on screen", Davis said.

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