Last year, Disney+ rolled-out disclaimers about “outdated cultural depictions” in movies like The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Peter Pan and more. Now, The Walt Disney Company has added a stronger warning that is applied to a broader range of titles, according to the New York Times.
The 12-second disclaimer plays at the beginning of select titles, and cannot be skipped, warning viewers about “negative depictions” and “mistreatment of peoples or cultures.”
This is a great start Mickey. Thank you Disney for acknowledging past mistakes. Hopefully this generation will have more even handed, diverse content that uplifts us all. I’ll be waiting and watching. https://t.co/vq1IxM9tDM
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 19, 2020
“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” the disclaimer reads. “Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.”
The warning then directs viewers to Disney’s Stories Matter website, which explains in more detail why specific material is hurtful.