A number of classic Disney films have been pulled from the children’s section of the Disney Plus streaming service after being deemed “inappropriate” for youngsters.
Dumbo, Peter Pan, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Aristocats are among the titles that were axed from the children’s lineup for “offensive” content, though adults are still allowed to access the films through their own profiles.
None of these films have anything sexual or vulgar, of course. The problem is that they contain certain themes that the Left feels are “racist.” Disney even created a whole new “Stories Matter” section on its website to unpack all of the apparently triggering content from its past – though it has no problem promoting satanic witchcraft for children.
In The Aristocats, certain characters are depicted as “East Asian peoples,” complete with “slanted eyes and buck teeth,” the company says. According to Disney, these depictions are a form of “racism” because such characteristics are “exaggerated stereotypical traits” of Asian people.
“He sings in poorly accented English voiced by a white actor and plays the piano with chopsticks,” the company said in a statement about the film.
As for Dumbo, Disney says that certain scenes “pay homage to racist minstrel shows,” which is unacceptable in 2021. There is also a leader named Jim Crow who is featured in the film, which hearkens back to the days of the American Civil War.
Then there is Peter Pan, which displays Native culture “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,” Disney insists.
“Peter and the Lost Boys engage in dancing, wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes, a form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples’ culture and imagery,” the company added.
As for the wholesome Swiss Family Robinson film, Disney says this, too, is a problematic feature because it shows pirates as “a stereotypical foreign menace” speaking in “an indecipherable language.” This is apparently a “racist representation of Asian and Middle Eastern peoples.”
It would seem as though Disney employees are seeing what they want to see in these innocent films, and perhaps struggle with their own internal racist tendencies that cause them to see non-whites as stupid or unintelligible.
Even so, Disney is going with it. All of these films now have content “warnings” about how they contain “negative depictions and / or mistreatment of people or cultures.”
“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,” the warnings further read.
Both Lady and the Tramp and The Jungle Book contain these warnings as well, though they have not been removed from children’s profiles. The Disney film Song of the South, however, has been banned from both children’s and adults’ Disney Plus profiles.
The “problem” with Song of the South, which was the inspiration for the Splash Mountain rides at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, is that its “history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes.”
The imagery for these rides will soon be replaced by a The Princess and the Frog theme that has not yet been deemed to be “controversial” or “offensive” – but give it a few more years and the Disney crew will surely find something wrong with it.
As for the Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Swiss Family Treehouse rides at Disney theme parks, the company has not yet indicated what will become of them.
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