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Why Disney+ blocking classics should not alarm us

Adam R. HolzFamilies using Disney+ might be surprised to find that four of that studio’s animated films have now been blocked for users under 7 yea

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Adam R. Holz

Families using Disney+ might be surprised to find that four of that studio’s animated films have now been blocked for users under 7 years old. “Dumbo”, “Peter Pan”, “The Aristocats”, and “Swiss Family Robinson” have all been subjected to new content restrictions. 

Why? you ask. 

I’ll let Disney answer with a disclaimer that now appears for older audiences viewing those movies: 

“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. 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.” 

Disney has decided these films include depictions of racism or racist stereotypes that young children shouldn’t consume without that proverbial “parental guidance.” 

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