This week saw Pepé Le Pew, the Looney Toons skunk, fall victim to cancel culture. Then there were demands of Miss Piggy’s cancellation for her verbal and physical abuse of Kermit the Frog. Now, entire cartoons are falling victim to the movement. Disney Plus has removed some of its greatest cartoon films from it’s children’s profile on the streaming service.
As part of the Mouse House’s Stories Matter initiative, several movies have been removed from children’s profiles on Disney Plus due to negative racial and cultural depictions and stereotyping. These films include Dumbo, Peter Pan, Swiss Family Robinson and The Aristocats.
These movies had previously been available on the children’s profiles with a 12-second advisory messages that plays beforehand. However, the streaming service felt that this left too many potential questions unanswered for children and wanted parents to have the ability to have a dialogue with their kids, if needed.
It’s important to note that these films have not been removed from Disney Plus entirely. They are still available on the adult profiles and parents can play them for their children from there. For example, Dumbo and Peter Pan feature prominent negative stereotyping of black and Native American characters. Having this on the parent’s profile allows for open dialogue and communication.
Still on the adult profiles, the disclaimer that appears before these movies on the platform will explain why the originals haven’t been edited to delete any insensitive material and have been left uncut. “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 message reads.
What are your thoughts about removing these films from the children’s profiles? Do you think it’s better to have them where the adults can direct their viewing and lead their children in conversation?
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