Disney+ Blocks Young Kids Watching Dumbo, Aristocats And Peter Pan Due To Harmful Stereotypes
Parents have been left confused after streaming giant Disney+ decided to block several classic flicks for children under the age of seven.
Peter Pan, Dumbo and The Aristocats were among the films that have since been removed for viewing for young children over concerns they promoted 'harmful stereotypes'.
The animated films were all deemed to have portrayed issues that Disney+ believes are inappropriate to those under seven.
It is understood Peter Pan was blocked is as it features a Native American tribe whose members are referred to as 'redskins'.
The 1970 movie The Aristocats has a Siamese cat character called Shun Gon, whose slanted eyes and prominent teeth have been deemed an offensive caricature of East Asian people.
Swiss Family Robinson, which was released back in 1960, is also among those removed after it was criticised for its 'yellowface' and 'brownface' pirates.
Parents have since taken to social media in confusion after looking for the titles, only to find they were no longer available.
One mother said: "I wanted to watch Peter Pan with my daughter, but I couldn't find it anywhere. Then I realised they had all gone - they had been removed from the kids' accounts. It was shocking."
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Back in October, Disney updated its content advisories surrounding racial stereotypes evident in Peter Pan, The Aristocrats, Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp and The Jungle Book.
They have since included a warning at the beginning of flagged films, which reads: "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 is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe."
However, the new decision to now block the movies from children's Disney+ accounts was made by external experts who were brought in to determine if the content 'represented global audiences'.
All movies which have been blocked on accounts for people under seven are still available on adult accounts with the updated warning featuring prior to the film.
It's not the first time Disney has been embroiled with issues relating to racial stereotypes, with the 1946 film 'Songs Of The South' receiving widespread criticism for its portrayal of post-Civil War African-Americans.
The film is not included on Disney+ or other video streaming services.
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