International: Disney+ Removes Animations With "Racist Content" To Protect, Safeguard Kids
Streaming platform Disney+ has, according to reports, removed “racist” animation classics like “Peter Pan”, “The Aristocats’ and many more for children under seven, citing breach of content advisories.
According to the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail, Disney has barred kids under seven from watching Peter Pan and Dumbo after highlighting “harmful stereotypes” in classic cartoons. The streaming service offers Kids Profile accounts with age restrictions, and these were updated in October last year to address racial stereotypes issues.
Children may no longer watch classics like Peter Pan, Dumbo, The Aristocats and Swiss Family Robinson on Disney+. Peter Pan’s depiction of a Native American tribe called “redskins” is likely why the cartoon was put into this category. Dumbo features a scene with Jim Crow portrayed as an offensive, negative African American stereotype. In contrast, The Aristocats features a Siamese cat with offensive stereotypical facial features and East Asian accent.
Swiss Family Robinson features “yellow yellowface” brownface” pirates who are likely to be removed from the children’s children’s section.
“We can’t change the past, but we can acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward together to create a tomorrow that today can only dream of,” reads a statement on Disney’s website.