Disney+ removes Peter Pan, Dumbo and other movies for showing offensive stereotypes

Disney+ removes Peter Pan, Dumbo and other movies for showing offensive stereotypes

Disney+ removed several movies, including Dumbo and Peter Pan, from children’s profiles over stereotypes deemed offensive.

The move comes after Disney placed warnings on certain children’s movies for “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people and cultures.”

Children under the age of 7 will now no longer be able to watch the movies, including Swiss Family Robinson and The Aristocats. Adults with Disney+ accounts will still be able to watch the movies.

Disney explained why the movies were pulled, saying in the case of Dumbo: 

“The crows and musical number pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States.”

Peter Pan was pulled because “the film portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions. It shows them speaking in an unintelligible language and repeatedly refers to them as ‘redskins,’ an offensive term. Peter and the Lost Boys engage in dancing, wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes.”

The Aristocats will no longer be available to children because “the (Siamese) cat (Shun Gon) is depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypical traits such as slanted eyes and buck teeth.” 

Pulling the movies comes after Mandalorian star Gina Carano was fired from the Disney+ show after posting controversial statements on social media.

Warner Bros. also recently announced that a scene in the Space Jam sequel that featured cartoon skunk Pepe Le Pew was axed. Pepe has faced accusations that he perpetuates rape culture.

Over the years, Media outlets have gained a level of trust and accountability. Unfortunately, we have seen time after time that this image has been abused and they have become partisan outlets for political and strategical gains. I believe that the first job of a journalist is to deliver the news impartially and outlets have to distinguish between news broadcasting and opinion delivery.

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