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Disney+ Updates Content Advisory with More Direct Language, Stating “These Stereotypes Were Wrong Then and are Wrong Now”

As Disney continues to promote its “Stories Matter” initiative, the company has updated its content advisory on Disney+ for racial and ethnic stereotypes.

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The new advisory appears on films including The Aristocats, Peter Pan, Dumbo, and Swiss Family Robinson, reading:

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This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. 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

The advisory directs viewers to the “Stories Matter” website, which discusses the harmful depictions and how Disney is working to move past these biases:

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures. Rather than removing this content, we see an opportunity to spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects us all. We also want to acknowledge that some communities have been erased or forgotten altogether, and we’re committed to giving voice to their stories as well.

We can’t change the past, but we can acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward together to create a tomorrow that today can only dream of.

Whether this kind of openness and acknowledgement could pave the way for Disney to release Song of the South, unavailable on any format in the United States since the 1980’s for its racist and whitewashing of plantation life during the Reconstruction era, on the streaming service, is yet to be seen, but it is encouraging to see Disney finally reckoning with its past.

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Michael
Michael
12 days ago

Ridiculous that they had a content advisory to begin with, even more ridiculous that they have to be more explicit. Nothing wrong with any of these old cartoons and they know it. Otherwise they’d take them down to avoid risk of being cancelled by the left. Stop catering to the left, Disney. Look where it got you in California right now.

Fritz
Fritz
11 days ago

Finally Disney accounting for their negative stereotypes of the Swiss culture we don’t all make cheese or hot chocolate mix.

Bob
Bob
11 days ago

I agree, I much prefer a disclaimer like this over censoring of content. However, I wouldn’t say Disney is “finally reckoning with its past,” as if to suggest this type of advisory warning is new for them. They’ve been including warnings like these on their DVDs for some time now. For example, I first noticed them on The Walt Disney Treasures series, which I started collecting as far back as 2001. Leonard Maltin appears in each set to introduce the DVDs and to provide historical context to some of the more dated works. These introductions would usually alert viewers of… Read more »

Debra Glover
Debra Glover
11 days ago

Thank you. I don’t want any change in America, not my flag, nor anthem nor statues. Your decision to post educational signs is the perfect solution. Our history is OUR history; good, bad, or ugly. We can’t fix the past; we can only improve on OUR future

Patty
Patty
11 days ago

Rather than removing this content, we see an opportunity to spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects us all.

But we’re still going to change Splash Mountain

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