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Classic Disney films issued with stronger warnings of racist content

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Disney+ subscribers who log on to watch classic films like "Lady and the Tramp" or "Peter Pan" now see stronger advisory messages warning of racist content.

London (CNN Business)Disney+ subscribers who log on to watch classic films like "Lady and the Tramp" or "Peter Pan" now see stronger advisory messages warning of racist content.

"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," Disney said in a statement online.

The 1955 animated comedy "Lady and the Tramp" carries an advisory because of its depiction of Siamese cats in a way that perpetuates anti-Asian stereotypes.

Disney says the advisory is not new, but it has now been updated and strengthened for this and other films.

Last year, CNN reported that Disney had issued a warning on some movies, such as "Dumbo," that they featured "outdated cultural depictions. "

Now, once viewers press play, they see the following message, which cannot be fast forwarded: "This programme includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.

Of the 1970 film "The Aristocats," it says: "The cat is depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypical traits such as slanted eyes and buck teeth.

This portrayal reinforces the 'perpetual foreigner' stereotype, while the film also features lyrics that mock the Chinese language and culture.

"Peter Pan," which hit movie theaters in 1953, "portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions. "

Disney is not the first studio to add an advisory on old titles that feature racist attitudes or other troubling content.

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