Disney+ adds content warning to classic animated movies for “outdated cultural depictions”

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Dumbo Controversy

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We had previously reported that Disney+ would not include certain controversial movies, such as Song of the South, among its library of content when the new streaming service launched on November 12. Thus far, we have found that this is, in fact, true, but what we also wondered prior to the launch was what about some other “controversial” scenes that portray “outdated cultural depictions”? These had initially been rumored to be edited from the Disney Classics before they were available to stream, but when Disney+ launched on Tuesday, subscribers had noticed these Disney Classics were untouched.

And now, we have noticed that Disney’s new streaming service has taken precaution as they have placed a warning for subscribers to read regarding these controversial scenes before watching some of Disney’s older, classic content.

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After Disney+ made its launch on Tuesday, Disney+ subscribers had noticed that some of the Disney Classics such as Dumbo, The Aristocats, The Jungle Book, and the original Lady and the Tramp now all contain a warning, which is placed at the end of the film’s descriptions.

These new warnings take place to caution Disney fans, who may agree with the “outdated cultural depictions,” that what they are about to watch contains racial portrayals that could be triggering.

Lady and the Tramp
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The warning reads: “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”

For reference, the scenes that were originally in question of being edited and contain the warning are those from Disney Animated Classics such as Disney’s Dumbo and Disney’s Lady and the Tramp.

In Disney’s Dumbo, during the scene where the black crows sing “When I see an Elephant Fly,” fans and audiences have agreed that it could be depicted and viewed as a negative representation of African Americans.

Black Crows Dumbo
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The same goes for a scene from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. The Siamese Cats sing the song “The Siamese Cat Song,” which many agree is very catchy, but as you listen closer to the lyrics, it makes sense as to why there has been controversy.

This topic has been very popular among Disney fans as they don’t hold back with their feelings when it comes to this subject. Disney fans everywhere have taken to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to let their voices be heard on whether it’s right or wrong for Disney to place such content warnings on their films but still include these controversial scenes on the streaming platform.

What do you think about the new warning Disney+ has placed on certain Animated Classics? Let us know in the comments.

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