Yes, you did just read that headline correctly.
The Disney + streaming service has become super “woke” this week.
The streaming service now says it offers a flashing warning that informs viewers about racism in the films Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Jungle Book.
The warning goes on to say.”This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.”
Disney updates content warning for racism in classic films such as Dumbo and Peter Pan https://t.co/RYXhGvhdBo
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 16, 2020
"Peter Pan," "Dumbo," "Lady and the Tramp" and "Fantasia" all have content warnings on Disney Plus https://t.co/WVLuKvF7Rv
— Variety (@Variety) October 16, 2020
"These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” Disney puts extended 'racism' trigger warning on Dumbo and Peter Pan https://t.co/XtbdQhxcYx
— Clive James Nwonka (@CJNwonka) October 16, 2020
Disney+ recently expanded on the content advisory warning included on certain films. pic.twitter.com/CfWwfLz62L
— Adam (@AKaun6899) October 15, 2020
The LA Times covered the story:
Classic movies that feature racists stereotypes and other problematic elements now include a new content warning on Disney+.
When viewers choose to play movies such as “Dumbo,” “Aladdin,” “Peter Pan,” “The Aristocats” and “Swiss Family Robinson” on the Disney streaming service, a written disclosure about its “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures” is presented on the screen for 12 seconds. The message cannot be skipped.
Previously, some of these films included a shorter warning within the description on their individual homescreens. “This program is presented as originally created,” it read. “It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”
The full disclosure presented on these films now reads:
“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.
Disney+ is adding advisories to its roster of classic and historical films warning viewers of potentially "racist" content and adding "historical context" notifications.https://t.co/SlYT4SHZ0Y
— Rebel News (@RebelNewsOnline) October 17, 2020
— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) October 15, 2020
BBC News chipped in too:
When played on the Disney+ streaming service, films such as Dumbo, Peter Pan and Jungle Book now flash up with a warning about stereotypes.
“This programme includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” the warning says.
“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now.”
The message adds that rather than remove the content, “we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together”.
Other films to carry the warning are The Aristocats, which shows a cat in “yellow-face” playing the piano with chopsticks, and Peter Pan, where Native Americans are referred to by the racist slur “redskins”.
Lady and the Tramp, which has several instances of racism and cultural stereotyping, also carries a warning.
What do you think about Disney + putting a warning for racism before films like Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Dumbo, and The Aristocats?
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