Disney warns viewers about racist stereotypes in classic films on streaming service

Brenda Watkins
October 18, 2020

This week, the favored streaming service started rolling out messages forward of films which will include "adverse depictions and/or mistreatment of individuals or cultures".

"These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now", the new warning adds.

People who watch certain classic Disney movies on Disney+ will see a new, more strongly worded advisory warning about racist content. In Dumbo, from 1941, crows teach the elephant how to fly.

It also says that Peter Pan "portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions", and "shows them speaking in an unintelligible language".

Last year, the streaming service added content warnings to content considered to have outdated depictions that appeared as a smaller text box on screen.

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The refreshed substance alerts for other exemplary Disney vivified and surprisingly realistic titles like Swiss Family Robinson and Dumbo follow the studio talking with an outsider warning gathering that incorporates bunches like the African American Film Critics Association, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and GLAAD.

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 video below contains clips of many of these moments, as well as others that are not included on Disney's current disclaimer list. TheWrap noted that the disclaimer for such movies reads, "This program contains adverse depictions and/or mistreatment of individuals or cultures". The main characters sing a song titled "What makes the Red man Red?" As opposed to eliminate this substance, we need to recognize its destructive effect, gain from it and sparkle discussion to make a more comprehensive future together.

Even Dumbo has come under fire for referring to segregationist laws in late 19th and early 20th century America - the lead crow in the film is called Jim Crow.

Different specialists enrolled by Disney to its warning board incorporate agents from Define American, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Hollywood, Health and Society, Illuminative, NALIP and RespectAbility. "In 'The Song of the Roustabouts, ' faceless Black workers toil away to offensive lyrics like 'When we get our pay, we throw our money all away'". We also want to acknowledge that some communities have been erased or forgotten altogether, and we're committed to giving voice to their stories as well.

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