Disney+ puts age restrictions on movies with harmful stereotypes

scandal 27/01/2021

Disney+ has decided to block several animated films for children under seven on their streaming service due to concerns of “harmful stereotypes”.

Animated films such as Dumbo (1941), Peter Pan (1953) and The Aristocats (1970) were blocked as Disney believes that the stereotypes aren’t appropriate for children under seven.

Peter Pan was blocked due to featuring a Native American tribe whose members were mentioned as “redskins”.

In The Aristocats Shun Gon, a Siamese cat was deemed to be an offensive stereotype of east asian individuals.

Dumbo has had controversy due to the crows being depicted using african american stereotypes.

Parents wanting to share their favourite movies with their children were shocked to find that the movies had been blocked from kids accounts on Disney+

The movies are still available to view for adult profiles however since October last year they now include content advisories which are quoted down below.

"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."

This is not the first time Disney has been involved in a scandal surrounding racist stereotypes however we do applaud their acknowledgement and commitment to change.