NEW YORK – (77WABC) – Disney is now issuing racism warnings on some its older content to “express hopes that viewers will be able to learn from its harmful impact.”
Disney began issuing disclaimers on titles such as The Aristocats, Fantasia and Lady and the Tramp, to say that the films were ‘presented as originally created’ and ‘may contain outdated cultural depictions.’
When Disney did this it was accused of trying to gloss over “racism” in their movies. The company has since changed its warning on films on its Disney+ including Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and Dumbo to acknowledge the content is wrong.
Below is the warning viewers will see:
Disney+ has added an on-screen content advisory to films that include “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.”
The message displays prior to several films including Lady and the Tramp, Jungle Book Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Swiss Family Robinson. pic.twitter.com/C9m2wOgQ7i
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) October 15, 2020
Look at #DisneyPlus letting the people know early that their old films were racist and culturally insensitive.
Accountability is key, and historical context is important. pic.twitter.com/JvHVYMxBsk
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) November 12, 2019
Disney explainsthat in the 1953 film Peter Pan refers to Native Americans as ‘redskins’, and that Peter and the Lost Boys dance in headdresses in a ‘form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples’ culture and imagery.’
In the 1970s film The Aristocats, Disney acknowledges that one of the characters ‘sings in poorly accented English voiced by a white actor and plays the piano with chopsticks.’