has become the latest and television provider to add content warnings to many a and deemed to present or .
It follows the petition for , as well as the active role to change the theming of Splash Mountain to a that isn’t built on . actor John Boyega played in the London protests. director J.J Abrams also donated a significant amount of money towards social justice causes
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The Daily Mail reported that the following Disney movies will now contain content warnings that the may contain ‘ ‘.
Critics have expressed concerns over the story’s use of, while casting decisions also came under scrutiny, with Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the genie played by white actors in the animation.
Dumbo has been accused of containingof African Americans at the time in the form of black crows, who use jive-like speech patterns.
Questions were raised over Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Tonto, a Native American, as it sparked a debate over whether actors should play a race other than their own.
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There have been suggestions the character of orangutang King Louie, which did not feature in Rudyard Kipling’s original novel, implied inequality between African Americans and Caucasians. It has also been claimed the character’s portrayal is based on what white people thought about black people at the time, such as his poorer linguistic skills and him wanting to be ‘like the other men’.
Content Warnings from advise when may feature
is hardly the first to add content warnings to following the social movement aiming to highlight historical and systemic towards people.
added similar warnings to Tom and Jerry for its use of , especially the ‘Mammy’ , which is considered offensive and stereotypical.
itself has not limited these warnings to Disney movies. In a wider attempt to fight other movies will also carry warnings of . These include like which famously features Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr in , as well as The Last Samurai which features Tom Cruise in a role some consider to be problematic in its implied promotion of American superiority.
In a statement to the Daily Mail, said the following:
‘is committed to supporting anti- and improving diversity and inclusion both on and off screen. We constantly review all content on and will take action where necessary including adding additional information for our customer to allow them to make an informed decision when deciding what films and TV shows to watch.’
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