Disney Plus pulls ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Aristocats’ from children’s profiles after warning of stereotypes, negative depictions
In October, Disney Plus added an expanded content warning to some motion pictures.
These titles, flagged for “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” included “Woman and the Tramp,” “Peter Pan,” “The Jungle E-book” and “Dumbo.”
Now the streamer has eliminated a few of these movies and others from the profiles of younger youngsters.
The Walt Disney Firm pulled “Dumbo,” “Peter Pan,” “The Aristocats” and “Swiss Family Robinson” from its choices for youngsters below 7.
Grownup Disney Plus profiles nonetheless have entry to the movies with the content material warning.
Right here’s a few of what Disney has stated about every of those motion pictures on the “Stories Matter” part of its web site:
“Dumbo” (1941): “The crows and musical quantity pay homage to racist minstrel exhibits, the place white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothes imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. The chief of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the identify of legal guidelines that enforced racial segregation within the Southern United States.”
“Peter Pan” (1953): “The movie portrays Native individuals in a stereotypical method that displays neither the variety of Native peoples nor their genuine cultural traditions. It exhibits them talking in an unintelligible language and repeatedly refers to them as ‘redskins,’ an offensive time period. Peter and the Misplaced Boys have interaction in dancing, sporting headdresses and different exaggerated tropes.”
Shun Gon, one of many cats in “The Aristocats.”Disney
“Swiss Household Robinson” (1960): “The pirates who antagonize the Robinson household are portrayed as a stereotypical overseas menace. Many seem in ‘yellow face’ or ‘brown face’ and are costumed in an exaggerated and inaccurate method with high knot hairstyles, queues, robes and overdone facial make-up and jewellery, reinforcing their barbarism and ‘otherness.’”
“The Aristocats” (1970): “The (Siamese) cat (Shun Gon) is depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypical traits comparable to slanted eyes and buck enamel. He sings in poorly accented English voiced by a white actor and performs the piano with chopsticks.”
Right here’s the content material warning displayed on these movies:
“This program consists of unfavorable depictions and/or mistreatment of individuals or cultures. These stereotypes had been improper then and are improper now. Slightly than take away this content material, we wish to acknowledge its dangerous affect, be taught from it and spark dialog to create a extra inclusive future collectively. Disney is dedicated to creating tales with inspirational and aspirational themes that mirror the wealthy range of the human expertise across the globe.”
The warning directs viewers to the Stories Matter portion of the Disney web site.
One Disney movie that’s not accessible on Disney Plus is “Song of the South.” The 1946 film, recognized for its racist depictions, additionally provided the theme of the Splash Mountain rides at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, that are being redesigned to suit a “The Princess and the Frog” theme. The 2009 movie stars Tiana, the primary Black Disney princess.
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