Disney yanks Peter Pan and Dumbo from Disney+ kid profiles, adults still permitted to view

by Peter Heck · Mar 10th, 2021 8:36 am

Last Updated Mar 11th, 2021 at 2:31 am

The Walt Disney Company has decided that content warnings on some of its classic films are not sufficient in its ongoing effort to provide racially sensitive and culturally approved fare to children. The entertainment giant's online streaming service Disney+ has now purged four movies from the profiles of children under seven.

The offending movies, which include Peter Pan, Dumbo, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Aristocats, have been removed for "negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people and cultures."

Disney has offered explanations of the offending elements of each of those movies at its "Stories Matter" site. The movie Dumbo is cited for having crows paying "homage to racist minstrel shows." Peter Pan is criticized for portraying "Native people in a stereotypical manner." The Aristocats movie uses a Siamese cat in a way that plays into a "racist caricature of East Asian peoples."

Adults are still able to view the films after viewing the content warning that encourages "conversation" to "create a more inclusive future together."


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