3:06 PM PDT 10/15/2020
Subscribers will see the updated warnings for racist images before releasing content, after the studio consults a new advisory board.
Selection of Disney + subscribers Peter Pan or The aristocrats viewers will now be greeted with new content tips, which are likely to receive their notification: “This program includes negative images and / or abuse of people or cultures.”
Updated content alerts for other classic Disney animated and action titles, such as Swiss Robinson family and Dumbo follow the studio̵
Disney + has put warnings about “outdated cultural images” in the titles of its films since its launch, but the latest updated language goes further in the warning against racist and culturally insensitive images in its films.
“These stereotypes were wrong then and now they are wrong. Instead of removing this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful effects, learn from it and provoke a conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories. with inspiring and ambitious themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the world, ”says the studio as part of the new Stories Matter website.
And earlier Disney + warnings only appeared on the title content page. Updated disclaimers are now visible on the details page and before content streams.
As examples of its updated warnings, Disney cites a cat “depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypes such as slanted eyes and teeth” in The aristocrats, and c Dumbo “The Ravens and the musical number pay homage to the racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and torn clothes imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on southern plantations,” warns the streaming platform.
Elsewhere in Peter PanDisney warns that animated classics use stereotypes to portray indigenous people, in particular they are seen “speaking in an incomprehensible language and repeatedly calling them” redskins “, an insulting term. other exaggerated tropes, a form of ridicule and appropriation of the culture and images of the local people. “
And The Swiss Robinson family is cited as pirates portrayed as a “stereotypical alien threat” because they wear a “yellow face” or “brown face” and costumes that emphasize their “barbarism and” otherness. “
Other experts appointed by Disney to its advisory board include representatives from Define American, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Hollywood, Health & Society, Illuminative, NALIP and RespectAbility.