Disney film classics get disclaimer about racism

Disney’s new streaming service has added a disclaimer to classic films from its back catalogue, including Dumbo and Peter Pan because they depict racist stereotypes.

The move follows the launch of Disney+ earlier this week, which bagged more than 10 million subscribers on the first day.

The advisory, which will run alongside the films, states: “This programme is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”

Image:In Dumbo, the crows that help him to fly are depicted with exaggerated black voices

Streaming has underlined the problem the entertainment industry have been wrestling with for years over how to deal with stereotypes featured in older movies.

In the 1941 film Dumbo, the crows that help the baby elephant to fly are depicted with exaggerated black voices.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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