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Disney will warn of discrimination in old cartoons

by Henry Brown

Disney intends to warn users of its streaming service about discrimination in old cartoons, where some scenes may be racist. This is stated on website companies.

The disclaimer for the studio’s films and cartoons will say that Disney recognizes the harmful effects of the content, but instead of removing it from the site, the company wants to try to “learn lessons and start a discussion on how to create a more inclusive society.”

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding recommendations to content that includes negative portrayal of people or cultures – Disney.

Classics such as Peter Pan, Aristocratic Cats, Dumbo and Swiss Robinson Family fall under the new rules. For example, one of the cats in Aristocratic Cats is depicted as a racist caricature of the peoples of East Asia, Disney said.

In “Dumbo” there are scenes with crows – they were considered racist due to references to minstrel shows, during which white actors, disguised as black people, acted out scenes from their lives.

Another example – in the movie “The Swiss Robinson Family” pirates are shown with “yellow” or “swarthy” faces as a “stereotypical foreign threat”. This, Disney says, creates a “racist” image of the peoples of Asia and the Middle East.

The corresponding disclaimer will also appear in projects such as Aladdin, The Jungle Book and Lady and the Tramp.

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