It's been a whirlwind of a day since Disney+ launched early this morning. Within hours of gaining access to the streaming service, Canadians all across the country were experiencing outages that were preventing them from streaming their favourite classics. Disney+ is now back up and running though, and users are noticing plenty of interesting things about it. Disney+ trigger warnings can be found on classics such as Dumbo.
It's come to the attention of some Disney+ subscribers that the streaming service has put "trigger warnings" on some of the older Disney classic films included in the streaming service's lineup. These warnings read, "This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions."
Many of the movies coming from the Disney vault are decades older than the audiences that will be watching them, so it would make sense that some of the content in the films may seem "outdated". In today's tense social climate, the warnings were deemed necessary by Disney, likely so that they don't face any backlash from concerned subscribers.
Some of the films that were given this warning on their title include classics like Dumbo, Swiss Family Robinson, Lady and the Tramp, and Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier.
After comparing the films with these trigger warnings, it seems as though they were placed on films that depict, Indigenous people, Black people, Asian people, and other minorities in stereotypical and outdated ways.
For example, in Dumbo, viewers see a group of crows whose mannerisms and voices are now widely considered to be racist depictions of African Americans.
The song "We Are Siamese" from Lady and the Tramp, the portrayal of Southeast Asians in Swiss Family Robinson, and the portrayal of Native Americans in Davey Crockett have all also been considered culturally insensitive, hence the trigger warning.
Some controversial movies like Song of the South were left off of the Disney+ platform entirely, again, likely to prevent any backlash from audiences.
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