Disney+ gives 'Dumbo,' 'Peter Pan' the boot due to 'negative depictions'

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By , KNX 1070

Joining the ranks of the six Dr. Seuss books that will no longer be published, and the recent cancelation of the Pepé Le Pew character, now Disney+ has announced it has removed several of its movies.

Included in the removal from Disney+’s children's profiles are: “Dumbo,” “Peter Pan,” “The Aristocats,” and “Swiss Family Robinson.”

In October, Disney placed content warnings on the films, due to “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people and cultures.” But now the films have been removed completely for children under 7. Adults can still access the films with the content warning.

On the Disney+ vertical of Stories Matter the explanation of why the films were removed goes into detail.

Aristocats (1970) The cat 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. This portrayal reinforces the "perpetual foreigner" stereotype, while the film also features lyrics that mock the Chinese language and culture such as "Shanghai, Hong Kong, Egg Foo Young. Fortune cookie always wrong."

Dumbo (1941) 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. In "The Song of the Roustabouts," faceless Black workers toil away to offensive lyrics like "When we get our pay, we throw our money all away."

Peter Pan (1953) 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, a form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples' culture and imagery.

Swiss Family Robinson (1960) The pirates who antagonize the Robinson family are portrayed as a stereotypical foreign menace. Many appear in "yellow face" or "brown face" and are costumed in an exaggerated and inaccurate manner with top knot hairstyles, queues, robes and overdone facial make-up and jewelry, reinforcing their barbarism and "otherness." They speak in an indecipherable language, presenting a singular and racist representation of Asian and Middle Eastern peoples.

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