Disney+ includes a new notice at the start of several classic films that may include racist content.
If you want to hit Disney+ to watch some of the classic animated films like “Peter Pan,” you could now possibly see an advisory message. In several of those similar Disney classics, a warning will now appear at the start of some films regarding racist content.
In a statement, Disney said: “We are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures.”
Particularly, the company said it is part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Rather than removing those contents, “we see an opportunity to spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects us all.”
The company said a third-party council leads their efforts for representation. Particularly, the council includes several organizations like the African-American Film Critics Association, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, and Define American, among many others.
So, Disney+ will show an advisory prior to identified films, which already started in the past weeks. It is 12 seconds long, and viewers won’t be able to skip it.
The message partly reads: “This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now.”
The New York Times noted that the new advisory follows the somehow same warning on Disney+ last year. The notice reads: “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”
Some Included Films
In the same blog post, the company gave several examples. One of the affected films is “Aristocats,” a classic animated feature. Disney explained that a character cat depicts a racist caricature of East Asian people. “Dumbo” will also bear the advisory because of a musical sequence that referenced to racist minstrel shows.
“Peter Pan” also made it to the list of examples. According to the company’s post, the film portrays Native people with stereotypes, which does not show the diversity of Native people.
Other films mentioned as examples include “Lady and The Tramp” and “Swiss Family Robinson.”