The Disney + streaming service adds to some old animated films a disclaimer stating that the project can “display outdated cultural ideas.” It drew attention to the publication Mashable.
The thread noted that Warner Bros uses similar disclaimers , but with more detailed wording: “Cartoons are a product of their time. They may display racial or ethnic prejudices that were commonplace in American society. It was wrong then, and remains wrong now. ”
Before the launch of Disney +, the media reported that the studio would cut a controversial raven song named Jim Crow from “Dumbo” —this name has become a household name in American culture to refer to the illiterate and poor black people. However, Disney left the cartoon unchanged, but with a disclaimer.
This is a good choice. Don't deny the past, so we can accept it and move on. Warner and MGM did it, too and that's what they should do.— 🕷️ CateDavid 🕸️ (@CatemacDavid) 12 November 2019
It’s a good choice. They do not deny the past, so that we can accept it and move on.
Old Disney projects have often been accused of using racist stereotypes when creating characters like the orangutan King Louis from The Jungle Book or Siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp. The studio is criticized for the fact that Louis symbolizes illiterate blacks, and Siamese cats embody stereotypes about Asians – they are two-faced, vicious and do not have individual characters. In Aristocratic Cats, a Siamese cat plays the piano with chopsticks and sings that “fortune cookies are always wrong.”
The thread also remembered the film “Song of the South” in 1946, in which the former slave tells African tales. The title track ” Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah ” received an Oscar. At the same time, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People accused the studio of presenting “happy slaves” who are friends with their “masters” in the film, and is silent about the horrors of the slave trade.
Wonder if #SongOfTheSouth will ever make it to the service. Maybe it's right that it shouldn't.— Josh Weinberger (@kitson) 12 November 2019
I wonder if Song of the South will ever get to the service. Perhaps it will be more correct if never
According to The New York Times, over the past 33 years, Disney has never released a Song of the South in any form. In 2011, the head of the studio, Robert Iger, warned that the film should not be expected in the near future, and possibly never.
The absence of the “Songs of the South” service has sparked a discussion about whether it is worth releasing old projects that are accused of racism, sexism or other prejudices for educational purposes. The NBC journalist felt that it was necessary to talk about such films, and not to pretend that they never existed.
“No one is so irresponsible to show these problematic films without the necessary context. Obviously, they should be inaccessible to children, ”said critic Leonard Moltin. NYT reporters suggested that archiving rather than streaming services should deal with the storage of such projects.