Disney+ is now home to classic movies like Peter Pan, Dumbo, and Lady and the Tramp — all of which now come with a disclaimer that they “may contain outdated cultural depictions.”
The streaming service has attached the notice to movies that contain racist elements and have been criticized as such in the past. Popular titles like The Aristocats, Fantasia, and The Jungle Book all have this disclaimer — though it is slightly buried in the plot description of the movies.
In Dumbo, for example, there is a crow character named Jim Crow who speaks in an accent that is a racist parody of a black American accent, while The Aristocats and Lady and the Tramp feature Siamese cats that speak in voices that are offensive parodies of East Asian accents — all of these characters were voiced by white actors. Peter Pan includes racist depictions of Native Americans.
People took notice online and praised Disney for adding the disclaimers — and, in a way, taking responsibility for past mistakes.
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