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Disney+ Restricts Children From Watching Peter Pan, Dumbo, The Aristocats, And Others

Disney has sparked a lot of controversies in the past, especially due to negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. Several classic movies will now no longer be accessible to children. These classic movies include Dumbo, Peter Pan, The Aristocats, and Swiss Family Robinson. They are only made unavailable on kid’s profiles, but are available to adults with Disney+ profiles with a disclaimer.

Disney addressed why each of these movies are offensive:

Dumbo includes crow characters who “pay homage to racist minstrel shows, featuring white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing to ridicule enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shared the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States.”

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Peter Pan is notorious for the way the movie “portrays Native people in a stereotypical way that doesn’t reflect the diversity of Native people nor their authentic cultural traditions. The movie shows them speaking in an unintelligible language and repeatedly referred to as ‘redskins’. Peter Pan and the Lost Boys are seen wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes which mocks and appropriates Native peoples’ culture and imagery.”

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In The Aristocats, one of the feline is “depicted as a racist caricature of East Asians with exaggerated stereotypical traits such as slanted eyes and buck teeth. The cat sings in a poorly accented English and plays the piano with chopsticks. The film also featured lyrics that mock the Chinese language and culture.”

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The live action movie, Swiss Family Robinson was also added to the list for its portrayal of pirates. “The pirates who antagonize the Robinson family are portrayed as a stereotypical menace. Many appear in ‘yellow face’ or ‘brown face’ which are costumed in an exaggerated and inaccurate manner with top knots, queues, robes, overdone facial makeup, and jewelry, reinforcing their barbarism and ‘otherness’. They also speak in an indecipherable language, presenting a singular and racist representation of Asian and Middle Eastern people.”

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What other Disney classics did you notice with these kinds of negative stereotypes?

Source: Movie Web


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