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Technology Disney Plus warns users of 'outdated cultural depictions' in old movies

02:05  13 november  2019
02:05  13 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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The newly launched Disney + includes warning about “ outdated cultural depictions ” for some of the studio’s films. Such warnings appear when users go to watch films such as Dumbo Fantasia is one of several movies that come with a warning about ' outdated cultural depictions ' on Disney +.

It may contain outdated cultural depictions .” The movies given this warning include Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp, Fantasia, and more. Dumbo famously features a scene with crow characters that embody racist stereotypes, and one of the birds is literally named Jim Crow.

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a stuffed animal on a table: Some of Disney's older content may not sit well with today's audiences. Walt Disney Studios© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Some of Disney's older content may not sit well with today's audiences. Walt Disney Studios

As part of the new streaming service, Disney has added disclaimers to movies such as Dumbo, The Jungle Book and Lady and the Tramp warning of "outdated cultural depictions." A plot description for Dumbo, for example, ends with: "This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions."

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But not every outdated Disney movie made the cut. It was never a question, for instance, whether Disney Plus subscribers would But the streaming boom — Disney Plus arrived on Tuesday, to be followed by Peacock from NBCUniversal in April and “It may contain outdated cultural depictions .”

“It may contain outdated cultural depictions .” Disney +. Contemporary cultural critics have also cited the portrayal of Native Americans in Davy Crockett (1955) and Southeast Lady and the Tramp, the original 1955 animated movie , features the musical sequence “We Are Siamese,” performed by a

a close up of a toy: A plot description for Dumbo includes a warning about © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A plot description for Dumbo includes a warning about "outdated cultural depictions." Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/CNET

A handful of older Disney films have been criticized for incorporating racist stereotypes with characters like King Louie in The Jungle Book and the Siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp. The studio has since cut some controversial scenes, such as one from Dumbo featuring a crow named Jim Crow. It also "reinvented" the The Siamese Cat Song from the original Lady and the Tramp for the company's live-action remake.

a stuffed animal sitting on a table© Walt Disney Studios

One film customers won't find at all on DisneyPlus is Song of the South, which has faced criticism for its portrayal of African American characters.

Disney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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