The Disney + streaming platform has added warnings to several classic cartoons indicating that these films contain stereotypes. This decision is related to a broad debate about institutional racism in the United States. Rather than adapting or ceasing to air its classics, Disney has opted for explicit condemnation.
“This program contains negative images and / or negative treatment of people or cultures. Those stereotypes were then and still are wrong,” warns Disney + on some cartoons. “Peter Pan”, “Dumbo”, “The Jungle Book”, “The Aristocats” and “The Beauty and the Tramp” are particularly affected. “Instead of removing this content, we want to identify its harmful consequences, learn from it and start a joint discussion in order to build a broader future,” said the streaming service. A first, less explicit warning was issued last year. The “Southern Melody” from 1946 about a worker in the cotton fields cannot be viewed on the platform.
The streaming platform HBO Max decided to remove “Gone with the Wind” from its catalog after protests against racism and police violence against African Americans. The film then reappeared with a comment condemning slavery. (Belga / Belga)