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Disney updates content warning for racism in classic films

 

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A content advisory notice for racism in classic Disney films, in place since last year, has been updated with a strengthened message.

 

When played on the Disney+ streaming service, films such as Dumbo, Peter Pan and Jungle Book now flash up with a warning about stereotypes.

 

"This programme includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures," the warning says.

 

"These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now."

 

Full Story: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54566087

 

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4 hours ago, jingjai9 said:

It is good they have these content advisories. They are not banning the films, but are instead helping us reflect on our history. We must recognize the wrongs of the past, acknowledge them, face them and move on a litle wiser. Now is the time to ask: Can we learn anything from history?

 

 I cannot see how this is merely political correctness. Younger people watch Disney and this may be their only exposure to history.

 

The racism is wrong, mistakes were made and we must move on - but that does  not mean that one race is bad because they discriminated - they were wrong and need to make it right. 

 

If you look deep enough into history, I think you will find every culture has had "their moments" of prejudice and misanthropy. The Vikings enslaved white people. The Ottomons were involved in slavery, and who was meaner than Genghis Khan? The Romans and Greeks had slaves and many historians tell us Africans could not have been enslaved in such large numbers had it not been for other Africans aiding and abetting the slavetraders. 

 

 

Working in Northern Nigeria in the 1960s I became friendly  with the head of a top family in Kano. He talked openly about how his family made huge profits trading fellow Nigerians as slaves to Arabs and Europeans.

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5 hours ago, jingjai9 said:

It is good they have these content advisories. They are not banning the films, but are instead helping us reflect on our history. We must recognize the wrongs of the past, acknowledge them, face them and move on a litle wiser. Now is the time to ask: Can we learn anything from history?

 

 I cannot see how this is merely political correctness. Younger people watch Disney and this may be their only exposure to history.

 

The racism is wrong, mistakes were made and we must move on - but that does  not mean that one race is bad because they discriminated - they were wrong and need to make it right. 

 

If you look deep enough into history, I think you will find every culture has had "their moments" of prejudice and misanthropy. The Vikings enslaved white people. The Ottomons were involved in slavery, and who was meaner than Genghis Khan? The Romans and Greeks had slaves and many historians tell us Africans could not have been enslaved in such large numbers had it not been for other Africans aiding and abetting the slavetraders. 

 

 

 

If you check the actual facts you'll find out far more Europeans were enslaved by the Ottomans and their Barbary Pirate friends. Many raids on coastal communities captured large numbers. Service in the Ottoman galleys, sold in slave markets or ransomed back. 

 

This focus on one small window in the appalling history of slavery, which is still very active today, by BLM and those demanding reparations is pure pantomime and a corruption of history.

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No doubt Disney's 1946 classic Song Of The South will be permanently memory-holed. 

 

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Oh well lets knock down the pyramids, every structure, book, statue, name connected with slavery and every other cause that has happened in the past which those now living had no control of.

 

One Era's norm is usually abhorrent to the next one's norm!

 

Lets live in the present and redress current problems but let the past RIP as it has already happened.  You cannot change it, only your or others perceptions of it.

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6 hours ago, jingjai9 said:

Younger people watch Disney and this may be their only exposure to history.

If that is true in your country then that is a sad reflection on both society in general and parents/teachers specifically.

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