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Disney slaps racism warnings on classic Peter Pan, Dumbo and The Jungle Book films


Disney has warned about racism in some of its most iconic films, including Peter Pan and The Jungle Book.

Viewers are now made aware of sensitive scenes that deal with racist or outdated ethnic stereotypes.

A disclaimer states: “This program contains negative depictions and / or abuse of people or cultures.

“Those stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Instead of removing this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful effects, learn from it, and stimulate conversation so that together we can create a broader future. & # 39;

Classic films and TV shows were scrutinized this year as protests against Black Lives Matter focused on racist issues.

In June, Sky plastered disclaimers of liability for “outdated values” in 16 of his films, which were only released in 2016 when the jungle book was remake.

Peter Pan viewers are warned that Native American Indians are known as "redskins."

The Jungle Book, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's 1967 novel, was also highlighted for its portrayal of the Monkey King Louie, who has been accused of maintaining a stereotype of African American people

The Jungle Book, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's 1967 novel, was also highlighted for its portrayal of the Monkey King Louie, who has been accused of maintaining a stereotype of African American people

Regarding The Aristocats - a film about a group of musical cats - Disney warns viewers of a scene in which one of the cats, voiced by a white actor, sings stereotypical Chinese "words" while playing the piano with chopsticks

Regarding The Aristocats – a film about a group of musical cats – Disney warns viewers of a scene in which one of the cats, voiced by a white actor, sings stereotypical Chinese "words" while playing the piano with chopsticks

Films that include the warning include the 1970 musical comedy The Aristocats, 1955 canine love story Lady and the Tramp, and 1960 Swiss Family Robinson adventure.

Regarding The Aristocats – a film about a group of musical cats – Disney warns viewers of a scene in which one of the cats, voiced by a white actor, sings stereotypical Chinese "words" while playing the piano with chopsticks.

Meanwhile, Peter Pan warns viewers that Native American Indians are known as "redskins."

Disney claims scenes with Peter and The Lost Boys dancing in Native American headgear are "a form of ridicule and appropriation of Native American culture and imagery."

The Jungle Book, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's 1967 novel, was also highlighted for its portrayal of the Monkey King Louie, who has been accused of maintaining a stereotype of African American people.

Elsewhere, the 1941 Dumbo publication comes under fire for its references to racial segregation laws in the Deep South, as well as for the use of affected African American voices.

The main crow in the film is also named Jim Crow – a reference to the segregation laws in America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Lady And The Tramp was added to the list courtesy of Siamese cats Si and Am due to the perceived stereotyping of Asians, while one pound of dogs features canines with largely ethnic names and accents, including Mexican and Russian.

Disney's warnings will be understood as part of an ongoing review the company has conducted on its extensive film catalog.

Disney + also made a decision to completely overlook certain features, including the controversial 1946 film Song Of The South.

In the dog house: Lady and Tramp was put on the list due to the perceived stereotyping of Asians

In the dog house: Lady and Tramp was put on the list due to the perceived stereotyping of Asians

Divisive: Disney + also made the decision to completely overlook certain features, including the controversial 1946 film Song Of The South

Divisive: Disney + also made a decision to completely overlook certain features, including the controversial 1946 film Song Of The South

The film, which is set on a plantation during the American reconstruction, has never been released on DVD or video in the United States due to its uncomfortable dealings with races.

Reviewer Richard B. Dier wrote for The Afro-American after its publication, referring to it as "The Afro-American" "As vicious a piece of white supremacy propaganda as Hollywood ever made it."

Such elements of old Disney films have often fueled allegations that its founder Walt Disney was racist, but this has always been denied by those who knew him.

The film and television industries went through billing last year as the Black Lives Matter movement forced companies to review historical content on their platforms.

Sky Cinema, the broadcast giant's film service, issued a disclaimer to its subscribers in June stating that some of its content "has outdated settings, languages ​​and cultural representations that may offend today".

Sixteen films have the warning, including The Goonies, Aliens, Dumbo, Gone With The Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Tropic Thunder, The Jazz Singer, The Littlest Rebel, The Lone Ranger, Balls of Fury, and The Last Samurai.

Other TV shows and movies have been taken off streaming services or have been warned, especially when Little Britain mostly pulled Netflix, BBC iPlayer and BritBox in a row over blackface characters.

After the BLM protests, the Simpsons also said they would no longer hire white actors to pronounce black characters like Carl and Apu.

What are the warnings for every Disney movie?

Peter Pan (1953): Viewers are warned that American Indians are referred to as "redskins" and that dancing in Native American headgear is a "form of ridicule and appropriation of" Native American culture and imagery. "

Disney also questions the reference to the "incomprehensible language" in which the "redskins" speak.

The original also had a song called What Makes The Red Man Red, although this was later redesigned, What Makes The Brave Man Brave.

The Aristocats (1970): A warning highlights a scene in which one of the cats sings stereotypical Chinese "words" with an accent while playing the piano with a pair of chopsticks.

The cat in question, Shun Gon, is also voiced by a white actor, Paul Winchell.

A warning highlights a scene in which one of the cats sings stereotypical Chinese "words" with an accent while playing the piano with a pair of chopsticks

A warning highlights a scene in which one of the cats sings stereotypical Chinese "words" with an accent while playing the piano with a pair of chopsticks

Jungle Book (1967): Film highlighted for its perceived use of negative racial stereotypes.

The character of King Louie, a monkey, has been accused of maintaining a racist stereotype as an African American.

Lady and the Tramp (1955): The film was added to the list courtesy of Siamese cats Si and Am due to the perceived stereotyping of Asians.

Similarly, during a scene at a dog pound, the canines from around the world display stereotypes from the countries their breeds originate from.

For example, Boris, the Russian Borzoi, speaks with a heavy Eastern European accent, while Pedro, the Mexican Chihuahua, speaks in Central American tones.

Dumbo (1941): It comes under fire for his references to racist segregation laws in the deep south as well as for the use of affected African American voices.

The main crow in the film is also named Jim Crow – a reference to the segregation laws in America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The lead crow in Dumbo is also called Jim Crow - a reference to the segregation laws in America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

The lead crow in Dumbo is also called Jim Crow – a reference to the segregation laws in America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

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