Disney Removes ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Fantasia’ Over Claims Of Racism
Jun 10th, 2021
Disney+ has always been one of the most favored online avenues that are safe for kids to watch their favorite movies and cartoon series. And if you are a Disney+ fan, you probably have noticed something different when watching popular classics.
You see, back in October, Disney+ added a disclaimer to six of their popular vintage films. This disclaimer is to warn viewers that they depict offensive racial stereotypes.
But recently, Disney is taking even stronger actions. From warning viewers, Disney+ decided to remove the films that feature racist caricatures from their children‘s profiles. Doing so will give everybody the assurance that no kids under age 7 would be able to freely have access to these movies.
The once removed include our all-time favorites – “Peter Pan,” “The Aristocats,” “Swiss Family Robinson,” “Lady and the Tramp,” “Fantasia” and “Dumbo.”
The film release dates of these movies span from the 1940s to the 1970s. They are the classics that we have grown to love but they all have one thing in common – they feature negative portrayals of people of color and their culture.
One good example is the 1953s “Peter Pan.” If you have seen it, you probably also noticed how the Indigenous culture is being mocked and crudely exaggerated with offensive script slurs like “redface” and “savages.” The Indigenous people are portrayed in this film as ignorant, superstitious, and needlessly violent.
Also, in 1970’s “The Aristocats,” in the “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” number a Siamese cat can be seen playing the piano with chopsticks while singing the lyrics like “egg foo young” and “fortune cookie always wrong.”
In 1941’s “Dumbo,” one of the most entertaining films, a group of singing crows is based on historical minstrel shows. People in the movie used blackface and other forms of racist imagery to mock and degrade Black people.
Don’t worry because adults with a Disney+ account can still access these movies. It was only removed from their Children’s profile. But to access them, they first need to bypass the warning about racist material that prefaces these films. There is also a quick timer that will give viewers some time to click away from the content if they change their mind and choose not to watch it instead.
Disney+ also added a feature where viewers are directed to the “Stories Matter” section of the website. Here, they can learn more about why diverse representation matters and why harmful media stereotypes of people of color and vulnerable populations can be dangerous.
The Stories Matter page reads:
“As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures. Rather than removing this content, we see an opportunity to spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects us all. We also want to acknowledge that some communities have been erased or forgotten altogether, and we’re committed to giving voice to their stories as well.”
Again, these movies were just removed from the page where kids can have free access. if you still want to have access to these classic films, you still can as long as you bypass the Disney+ warning.
If you want to relax and entertain the family with a more diverse film on Disney+, you can try “Hidden Figures,” “A Wrinkle in Time” or the just-released “Raya and the Last Dragon.”