The entertainment giant Disney has chosen to reinforce security on its Disney + streaming platform by removing classic films from the children’s catalog, such as “Dumbo” or “Peter Pan” that include negative representations and / or mistreatment of people or cultures, although they will continue to be available on adult accounts.
As indicated to a company spokesperson, this measure reinforces the one adopted last October when revised content notices were added for some Disney + titles, where it was reported that, being so old, they could include some racist connotations .
Now several of his animation classics such as “Dumbo” (1941), “Peter Pan” (1953), “The Lady and the Tramp” (1955), “The Jungle Book” (1967) and “The Aristocats” (1970 ) have become considered content suitable only for people over 7 years old and have been blocked in children’s profiles (under 7 years old) due to their inappropriate content.
The company made the decision to ban films from children’s accounts after meeting the opinion of a group of external experts, made up of “leading organizations that advocate for the communities they represent and that are at the forefront of driving narrative change in the media and entertainment ”.
A position that is framed in the commitment to “create stories with inspiring and ambitious themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the world”, as reflected by Disney on its website.
Until now, the mouse company had handled the issue by issuing the warning message, which played 10 seconds before the start of the movie.
Even then, Disney declared that it did not consider it necessary to alter the content of the films because, although they were wrong stereotypes “then and now”, the fact that they were in their original version allowed “to learn and generate conversations to create together a more inclusive future” .
The formula now chosen by Disney in its new streaming platform is to prevent minors under seven from accessing the tapes, not even warned, and they remove from the catalog the films considered inappropriate due to their racist content, leaving the option only for viewing older than that age.
The problem with the racist connotations of some classics is old, even going back to the release date of certain films.
In “Dumbo”, for example, one scene includes a group of crows using stereotypes to represent African Americans and led by a character baptized 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 in which it represents Native Americans and “The Aristocats” for its stereotype about Asians in the image of Shun Gon, a Siamese cat, as similarly occurs in “Lady and the Tramp” with two Siamese cats that appear in the film.