Disney+ Removes 'Peter Pan,' 'Dumbo,' 'The Aristocats' and 'Swiss Family Robinson' From Kids' Viewing, Adds Warning Labels for Adults

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Are you tired of TV’s untoward ways?

A streaming service has pledged to keep unsuspecting eyes and ears from exposure to improper entertainment.

Disney’s detected the presence of the problematic in Hollywood classics Dumbo, Peter Pan, The Aristocats and Swiss Family Robinson.

Therefore, the Daily Mail reports, the films have been removed from the Disney+ platform’s Children’s offerings.

The reason: They “negatively depict people or cultures.”

The statement can be seen via Adult viewer profiles — grownups can still access the movies, but not without a protective preface.

Per the Mail, the move comes amid “what the company says is a bid to reconcile its history of using racist stereotypes and negative depictions in its films.”

The multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate’s on the trail of any and all trifling:

Disney itself, it was reported this month, holds monthly meetings with advocates from women and minority groups who comb through hundreds of hours of Disney-streamed content looking for potentially offensive material to flag on its Disney+ service.

The onscreen warning utilizes a teachable moment:

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 committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe,” it says.

To that end, Peter Pan isn’t the first property the company’s refused to let off the hook.

As reported by RedState’s Becca Lower, Disney previously employed a disclaimer to mark The Muppets.

Walt Disney’s legacy is determined to clean up its act.

More from the Mail:

Disney itself, it was reported this month, holds monthly meetings with advocates from women and minority groups who comb through hundreds of hours of Disney-streamed content looking for potentially offensive material to flag on its Disney+ service.

When the streaming app launched in 2019, an advisory indicated that some titles “may contain outdated cultural depictions.”

And last fall, the company began its Stories Matter initiative.

“We can’t change the past, but we can acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward together to create a tomorrow that today can only dream of,” the official webpage states.

As for Dumbo, Stories Matter explains the coarse content:

The crows and musical number pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. In “The Song of the Roustabouts,” faceless Black workers toil away to offensive lyrics like “When we get our pay, we throw our money all away.”

Learn about the other labeled works here.

There’s no question society has changed since the 1940’s. And it’s no surprise that something once acceptable may not be 80 years later.

We’re at an interesting cultural crossroads.

Interesting, indeed.

-ALEX

 

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