• Ed Gaines

Disney+ Pulls Iconic Movies ‘Dumbo’, ‘The Aristocats’, and ‘Peter Pan’ for ‘Racist’ Stereotypes

Disney+ has stripped its children's movie selection of classic movies like ‘Dumbo’, ‘The Aristocats’, and ‘Peter Pan’ because of their “racist” stereotypes.



On the “Stories Matter” section of their website, Disney explained why each iconic movie was being pulled:



‘Dumbo’:“The crows and musical number pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States.”



‘Peter Pan’:“The film portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions. It shows them speaking in an unintelligible language and repeatedly refers to them as ‘redskins,’ an offensive term. Peter and the Lost Boys engage in dancing, wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes.”



‘The Aristocats’:“The Siamese cat Shun Gon is depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypical traits such as slanted eyes and buck teeth. He sings in poorly accented English voiced by a white actor and plays the piano with chopsticks.”



Adults will still be able to access the movies, but they will be shown with disclaimers warning viewers of what is to come.


Other classics that will include the warning will be the 1955 love story ‘Lady and the Tramp’ and the 1960 film ‘Swiss Family Robinson’.





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