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November 18, 2019 | by: Chris Pride

Disney + warns of “outdated cultural depictions”

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Have you ever watched a movie from your childhood that you thought was innocent and fun, only to discover that it had some serious racial overtones?  Chances are that may have happened recently with the launching of Disney +.  The new streaming service has been around just over a week and already has over 10 million subscribers.  It gives users access to wide arrange of Disney films, including classic cartoons many of which featured scenes that would likely be consider incredibly racist by today’s standards.

Recognizing this, Disney was faced with a decision; edit out the racist elements or leave’em in.  Disney opted not to change history and instead issued a warning before select films so that parents may have the opportunity to prevent their kids from watching  them.  The warning tells subscribers “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”

Here’s a list of some of the scenes & movies that warranted the warning:

Aristocats – a Siamese cat plays a piano with two sets of chopsticks

Peter Pan – stereotypical depiction of Indigenous people

Dumbo – the scene with Jim Crow and his murder of crows

Other movies with warnings included The Lion King, Jungle Book & Lady & The Tramp.