Disney has updated their content warning for racism in classic films

  • Disney has updated their content warning for racism in classic films

Disney has updated their content warning for racism in classic films

The Aristocats (1970) and The Jungle Book (1967) are just a few classic Disney films where the company made a decision to include content warnings at the beginning due to the racist connotations that these can get to have. "It may contain outdated cultural depictions".

The new warning reads: "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures".

"Those stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now".

The warning says the content giant decided not to take down the work, but rather "acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together". In June, fans petitioned for Disney to remove all "Song of the South" characters from, Splash Mountain, a ride at both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California inspired by the film best known for the song "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah".

The move is understood to be part of an ongoing review by Disney of content in all its films.

The advisory isn't new, according to Disney, but it's now been updated and strengthened for that film and others.

In The Aristocrats, cats appear in "yellow-face" and play the piano with chopsticks. In Peter Pan (1953), Native Americans are dubbed "redskins".

Disney calls this a "form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples' culture and imagery".

Why Classics Are Getting Tagged Photo: Shun Gon from The Aristocats (left) and the Native people from Peter Pan (right).

Jungle Book- King Louie in The Jungle Book is often the subject of conversation when it comes to racial stereotyping in Disney movies.

Disney has sought out an advisory council comprising of diversity organizations, such as the African American Critics Association, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Institute and the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE).

In Dumbo, viewers are warned about the film's use of affected African-American voices.

Disney's most controversial film, Song of the South, perpetuates the racist myth that slaves were content in cotton fields.

The 1946 film is set on a plantation during America's Reconstruction Era.

It's never been released on video or DVD in the U.S. over its distasteful handling of race.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

As Disney continues to promote its "Stories Matter" initiative, the company has updated its content advisory on Disney+ for racial and ethnic stereotypes.