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Disney Puts New Racism Warning On Peter Pan, Dumbo And The Jungle Book

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Fantasia and Lady and the Tramp, to say that the films were ‘presented as originally created’ and ‘may contain outdated cultural depictions.’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 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.’

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