Comments for Disney+ adds content warning to classic animated movies for “outdated cultural depictions”

Dumbo Controversy

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    Thomas

    I think it’s a good thing that they’ve put a disclaimer on the descriptions. There are people who willingly watch things to purposely find things that they’re offended by, especially in things that were created 80+ years ago. I have been very vocal about the rumoured edits of these films, which would have meant in ‘Dumbo’ cutting the most pivotal sequence of the movie – where Dumbo learns to fly, and quite frankly, a child would not notice the racial undertones unless an adult enforces it into them, god knows I didn’t notice them until they were pointed out to me in later years, I just saw a group of crows singing a catchy song and teaching an elephant to fly. If you go looking for something to be offended by, you’ll find something, but at least with a disclaimer saying that some of the things are no longer generally believed in modern society that’s a fair compromise without ruining some of Disney best and most beloved animations.

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    jasonbres

    I think they’re doing the right thing. Whoopi Goldberg once said at the beginning of a Looney Tunes DVD set that to remove these controversial depictions would be the same as saying they never existed. Plus, removing them, especially the crows and the Siamese cats, would kind of mess up the story, because if it weren’t for the crows, Dumbo would’ve never discovered he could fly, and if it weren’t for the Siamese cats causing mayhem, Lady wouldn’t have spent more time with the Tramp.

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    Paula

    I think its ridiculous. They are crows they are black. It has no racial slurs!!! People are being so stupid. I grew up watching Song of the South and i think it should be on disney plys so all the nay sayers can see that it really isnt prejudice ir slurs on anyone. It shows what it was like after the war. Slaves wouldnt be accepted right away in normal society. People would have to accept them gradually. It shows black people being stereotyped somewhat but uncle remus is the one person johnny can relate to and talk to when he wants to run away. He tells wonderful stories with morals. Let us judge it for ourselves!

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    Paula

    I think its ridiculous. They are crows they are black. It has no racial slurs!!! People are being so stupid. I grew up watching Song of the South and i think it should be on disney plus so all the nay sayers can see that it really isnt prejudice or slurs anyone. It shows what it was like after the war. Slaves wouldnt be accepted right away in normal society. People would have to accept them gradually. It shows black people being stereotyped somewhat but uncle remus is the one person johnny can relate to and talk to when he wants to run away. He tells wonderful stories with morals. Let us judge it for ourselves!

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      Val Baker

      I agree with you Paula, I think that political correctness is taking away the publics right to choose what they see and when it comes to classic animation, then it’s getting ridiculous, if you want to then you see prejudice and bigotry everywhere. Does it mean that because crows are portrayed as black(people) is it racist? Siamese cats are now racist, wow, plain stupid. Watch these classic pieces of work should be seen for what they, fantastic works that were made by men of imagination and artistry, I hate the bland computer generated later films and the lazy reliance on sequels. If censorship begins here then where would end, one of our film channels points out that attitudes have changed since the following production was made, you pay your, you make your chouce. You can’t sterilise history.

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      Lefty Throckmorton

      Paula, do you have ANY empathy for people of color at all, or what? Obviously, you’re the kind of person for whom ‘some of my best friends are…..’ and you don’t care how they feel about things.

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    Kalyn

    I person think that it is great they add the disclaimer. It lets watchers know ahead of time what they will be watching. And if you don’t like it, just don’t watch it. I hope they don’t decide to edit the movies, they are classics for a reason. If someone is offended, then they can go watch something else, there are plenty of other movies and shows to watch. I hope Disney+ continues to be respectful of the customers by doing the disclaimers and the customers in turn are respectable enough not to cause an uproar about it.

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    Andre

    Well, why stop there! All the earlier Disney cartoons at some point in time can and were offensive to everyone. Walt wasn’t a Saint about his earlier projects. Changing history in the movies doesn’t teach you anything, but running away from it. Learn from the past and don’t repeat Itself. But in this case, we’re talking about cartoons that people love and Can learn from. Putting a disclaimer in front and if u like an explanation of a narrative to explain how the past was and how we can learn from them. And then show the movie. It doesn’t have to be too politically motivated or incorrect. Just play it let the audience enjoy the magic on the screen. I can’t cry over certain things I see all the time but, I can learn from them and teach others. Let this be a teaching moment for everyone. Simple as that!!!!

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