Disney slap racism warnings on Peter Pan, Dumbo and The Jungle Book films due to ‘negative racial depictions’

DISNEY has slapped racism warnings on beloved classics such as Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and Dumbo.

The much-loved have been given a content advisory warning to alert viewers of negative racial depictions or outdated ethnic stereotypes in the animated movies.



The warnings appear on the streaming service Disney+as part of Hollywood's battle with racism.

The viewer will see this message: "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."

It is understood to be part of an ongoing review carried out by Disney across all of its films.

Other classics that will include the warning will be the 1970 musical comedy The Aristocats, the 1955 love story Lady and the Tramp and the 1960 Swiss Family Robinson.

For example in the Aristocats, Disney warns viewers that one of the cats "sings in poorly accented English voiced by a white actor and plays the piano with chopsticks".

In the 1953 Peter Pan, viewers are warned that Native Americans Indians are referred to as "redskins".

Furthermore, viewers are also warned that the scene where Peter and The Lost Boys dance in Native American headdresses are a "form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples' culture and imagery".

The Jungle Book has also been highlighted for its perceived use of negative racial stereotypes.

In the 1941 Dumbo, viewers are warned about its references to racist segregationist laws in the deep South and its use of affected African American voices.

The canine love story of Lady and the Tramp was added to the list because of its perceived stereotyping of Asians, Mexicans and Russians with felines and cats having largely ethnic names and accents.

The streaming service has also made the decision to not add certain films at all – such as the controversial Song of the South.

The 1946 film is set on a plantation during America's Reconstruction Era.

It has never been given a DVD or video release in the US because of its handling of race.

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