TAPES – Disney warns: Racism at the beginning of its films

Disney included new content warnings at the beginning of classic films like “Dumbo” (1941), “Peter Pan” (1953) or “The Jungle Book” (1967) that advance the racist connotations that their old films may contain.

This program includes negative representations and / or poor treatment of people or cultures ”, indicates the new label, which is shown 10 seconds before the start of the films on its Disney + streaming platform.

Previously, there was already a similar warning that was included more discreetly in the description of the tape and said: “This program is presented as originally created, may contain outdated cultural representations.”

The new message

Now, the new signal appears once the reproduction has started, in the same way that television networks have traditionally warned of age restrictions.

In addition, the company explains the reasons why it has not altered the content: “These stereotypes were wrong then and they are now. Instead of removing this content, we want to acknowledge its damaging impact, learn from it and spark conversations to create a more inclusive future together, ”adds the new tag.

“Disney is committed to creating inspirational themed stories that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the world,” he concludes.

The formula chosen by Disney in its new streaming platform – opting not to edit the films and warn about their content – has been imitated by other platforms such as HBO Max, which added an explanation of the “historical context” to “Gone With The Wind” (1939) after temporarily removing it from its platform.

The problem with the racist connotations of some classics is old, even going back to the release date of certain films.

The examples

In “Dumbo”, for example, one scene includes a group of crows using stereotypes to represent African Americans and led by a character named Jim Crow, a derogatory term formerly used to insult black men in the United States.

A similar problem occurs in “The Jungle Book”, while “Peter Pan” has been criticized for the way it depicts Native Americans.


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