When Disney Plus startedIt did so with a vague warning attached to some of its older, more racist content, citing it as out of date. Lately this warning has become much more specific.
Like NPR, Disney recently changed the message that appears before certain streaming content Disney PlusStrengthening and developing the message. The message is now much more specific about the type of content being referenced and includes a link to a Disney website that has more information.
As before, the recommendation says about Disney:
This program includes negative portrayals and / or abuse of people or cultures. Those stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Instead of removing this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful effects, learn from it, and stimulate conversation so that together we can create a broader future.
Disney is committed to creating stories with inspiring and ambitious themes that reflect the rich diversity of human experience around the globe.
To learn more about how stories have impacted society, please visit www.disney.com/StoriesMatter
The linked website has more information on Disney’s motives for receiving the opinion, which allegedly “encourage conversation and open dialogue about the story that affects us all” and “acknowledge that some communities have been deleted or forgotten altogether, and we are committed give voices to their stories. “
Later the page also has some interesting explanations for some sample content, all of the old Disney movies: Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Swiss family Robinson. Here is Disney’s own description of Dumboracist content for example:
The crows and the music number pay homage to racist minstrel shows in which white performers with blackened faces and ragged clothing imitated and mocked enslaved Africans on plantations in the south. The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, who shares the name of laws enforcing racial segregation in the southern United States. In “The Song of the Roustabouts”, faceless black workers work on offensive texts such as “When we get our salary, we throw our money away.”
Which is extremely racist. The move feels like a response to criticism of the original counseling message, which was very general about what kind of content the counseling produced in the first place, which isn’t exactly effective for conversation starters. This definitely seems like a step in the right direction.
The Stories Matter website also has a list of the consultants behind the company’s diversity program and the latest Disney Plus news. The list includes the African American Film Critics Association and the GLAAD Media Institute.
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