Disney+ is reckoning with its racist history by adding disclaimer warnings ahead of classic films that contain “outdated cultural depictions”.
The idea of adding a warning to titles with damaging cultural stereotypes was first introduced in November 2019. Titles like Dumbo (1941), Lady and the Tramp (1955), The Jungle Book (1967), and The Aristocats (1970) all featured a warning in their plot descriptions, “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”
Disney+ has now introduced an unskippable, 10-second disclaimer warning, acknowledging the problematic elements of the feature and emphasising the importance of using mistakes of the past to avoid harm in the future.
“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” the statement reads. “These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.
“Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe. To learn more about how stories have impacted society visit: www.Disney.com/StoriesMatter.”
In addition to the cultural safety warnings, many Disney+ movies also have started implementing tobacco usage warnings, including The Three Caballeros, Pinocchio, Hercules and The Sword & The Stone.
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