The entertainment group Disney has subjected the films in its streaming service Disney + to a critical examination and has now provided some with a detailed warning that draws attention to the racist stereotypes they contain and their negative effects on society. Instead of deleting such films with controversial representations, Disney wants to keep them in the program and encourage a discussion by pointing out, the company writes.
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Reference to “negative representations”
At the end of last year, Disney had already provided some films with a brief and meaningless statement: “This program is shown as it was originally created. It may contain outdated cultural representations.” Recently, however, the company expanded and refined the text and also set up a website that explains the move in detail.
The new notice reads: “This program contains negative portrayals and / or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Instead of removing this content, we want to recognize its harmful effects, learn from them and stimulate conversation. to create a more inclusive, shared future. ”
Stereotypes about China in “Aristocats”
To some well-known film classics Disney also explains in the postwhy this notice is placed upstream when streaming. In the cartoon “Aristocats” from 1970, for example, a “Chinese” cat is characterized with slanted, narrow eyes and buck teeth; she also plays the piano with chopsticks and the singing voice comes from a white actor who imitates an Asian accent. This is a stereotypical image of East Asian people as “permanent foreigners”. In addition, the film contains passages of dialogue that mock the Chinese language and culture.
Other cartoons preceded by the note: “Peter Pan” (1953) contains stereotypical depictions of Native Americans, who are referred to as “red skins”; in addition, the title character satirizes the clothing and behavior of the indigenous people and mocks them in the process. In “Dumbo (1941) the group of crows alludes to certain musical revues in which white singers with black make-up and in rags made fun of African-American slaves on the plantations of the US southern states.