Starting immediately, Disney Plus subscribers will see racial trigger warnings on plenty of content on their menu screens:
As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or
For example, Lady and the Tramp now has a warning because Siamese cats “perpetuate Asian stereotypes.”
Peter Pan has also garnered a warning because it allegedly, “portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions.”
Despite some scenes being seemingly harmless and debatable, scenes from the movie Dumbo (1942) appear to warrant such a disclaimer. The movie includes a singing and dancing bird named “Jim Crow,” as well as a scene where black workers are building a railroad while they singing the following lyrics:
We don't know when we get our pay/And when we do, we throw our pay away
Disney is not the first studio to do this. Warner Brothers also forewarned viewers about the cartoon Tom and Jerry, stating the cartoon:
[M]ay depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society.