Disney+ has divided opinion after blocking under-sevens from watching a handful of its classic movies.
This is far from the only move the Hollywood studio has made regarding some of their “offensive” films…
Since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1938…
The magical world of Disney’s children’s movies has captivated generations.
The flicks are a staple in many people’s childhoods.
And, in 2019, fans were thrilled to learn that the Hollywood studio was launching its own streaming service, so we could re-watch all our childhood favorites.
Disney+ was an instant hit.
The on-demand, ad-free streaming service created by The Walt Disney Company landed on November 12th last year, and Disney fans all over the world couldn’t have been happier.
But what exactly does Disney+ have to offer?
With Disney+, subscribers can watch thousands of Disney movies and TV series from their devices – smart TVs, phones, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles all included.
Though some may already have the equivalent in DVDs at home…
We all know that guy, don’t we?
Anyway, the list of movies and TV shows now made available, on-demand, is endless…
Even more so than your old DVD collection.
Whether you’re a self-confessed Marvel geek, the more retro kind of Disney fan who opts for the ’90s classics, or you simply want to binge the entirety of High School Musical (guilty), Disney+ can make it happen.
However, it’s impossible to deny that many of the studio’s movies simply don’t hold up well today.
Especially when it comes to how they treat women, people of color, and queer people.
In recent years, many of these movies have been called out for being extremely problematic.
For instance, the 1995 movie Pocahontas – which is loosely based on the life of the Native American woman – has been accused of whitewashing her history.
Several people have also called out how long it took Disney to feature a Black princess.
It wasn’t until 2009 that The Princess and the Frog hit screens – marking the first POC princess.
In fact, when Disney+ launched…
Initially, a message was included ahead of some classic movies warning that they “may include outdated cultural depictions.”
The Aristocats is one example that has been singled out – showing a cat in “yellowface”…
Not to mention the fact that in both The Aristocats and Lady And The Tramp, Siamese cats are used to play off the racist stereotype that East Asian people are sneaky and devious.
Pocahontas, as mentioned before, has also come under fire.
As well asThe Jungle Book.
But now it looks like the streaming service has gone a step further…
And reactions to the move have been seriously mixed.
Bosses at Disney have blocked anyone under the age of 7 from watching a handful of their classic movies.
Including The Aristocats, Swiss Family Robinson, Dumbo, and Peter Pan.
The movies have been removed from children’s accounts for breaching “content advisories” that were recently put in place.
It is understood the main reason behind Peter Pan being blocked is because it features a Native American tribe whose members are referred to as “redskins,” while The Aristocats has a Siamese cat character called Shun Gon, whose appearance has been described as a caricature of East Asian people.
Meanwhile, Dumbo has been accused of ridiculing enslaved African-Americans on Southern plantations.
At one point during a musical interlude, faceless Black workers walk to offensive lyrics such as, “When we get our pay, we throw our money all away.”
While the films remain available on adult accounts, they come with a disclaimer that says:
”This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. 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.”
It’s amazing to see the team at Disney taking responsibility for the harm some of these movies have caused.
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