The warning about old cultural attitudes in classic Disney animated films has been seen more prominently on the Disney + streaming platform since Wednesday. Ad is shared for ten seconds in full screen mode for movies like Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941) in Peter Pan (1953).
The entertainment group announced at the start of its streaming service last fall that it would issue such a warning to movies that feature, for example, African-American characters in a way that is seen as racist today. So far, this was done in a box, the advertisement is now much larger in image and cannot be skipped.
“This program shows people, cultures, and / or the way they are treated in a negative way,” it can be read in the letter. “These biases were wrong at the time and still are. Instead of this content. We want to realize that it is harmful. Learn from it and discuss how we can build a more inclusive future together.”
Disney + isn’t the only streaming platform on which such communications are made. HBO Max has released since this spring Gone with the Wind Watch a video in which black film science professor Jacqueline Stewart explains that there is criticism of the romantic and poetic setting, which is set in a world where slavery is seen as normal. The film paints a nostalgia for the past and thus denies the horrors of slavery, according to the professor.
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