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DISNEY'S RACIST PAST. SO THE STUDIO rightly and timely took down several discriminatory titles from its streaming service.

Today's adults remember watching Disney films such as Peter Pan, Dumbo, or The Jungle book. Decades after their releases, these classics are still popular with both kids and adults, reported DW.

Yet, their continued popularity has forced Disney to own up to negative stereotypes present in the films. In the US and Europe in recent years, calls have grown loud for these films from the past to be held accountable for containing racist stereotypes and culturally insensitive material - and for stories to be told differently in the future.

An Opportunity For Discussion

Upon the launch of the entertainment giant's streaming Platform Disney+ in 2019, a disclaimer warning about ''outdated cultural depictions'' was added to several films in its catalogue. The disclaimer wording was updated in October 2020.

Peter Pan, Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp, the Aristocrats and The Jungle Book, among others, now include a 13 second text during the opening credits which reads, ''This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now.''

One Tuesday last, the company went a step further, removing the films from kid's profiles on their Disney+ streaming site.

Examples of content that led to the removal, according to the information available on Disney+, include stereotypical portrayals of Native people in Peter Pan that ''reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions in Disney's own words and uses racist terms to describe them.

Another example in Dumbo is ''the crows and a musical number that pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslved Africans on a Southern Plantation,'' The leader of the crows is even named Jim Crow - which is the name of the laws that enforced racial segregation in the US

Eva Furst, a cultural and literary scholar, believes that putting a notice on the films is justified. ''Such a classification is welcome and much better than simply not showing the films anymore. This creates an opportunity and a chance to talk to children about racism and negative stereotypes.

The Future Of Disney Films 

Disney also removed the films from children's/students profiles on its in-house video-on-demand platform at the end of January, i.e. for viewers who are under age 12.

First, who works as a research associate at the Institute for Education and Social Innovation in Bonn, is critical of this.

''What I find difficult is not allowing children to understand that somethings are wrong. I think it's good if you don't keep blocking works, but consciously deal with the problematic points; talk about the fact that it was a sign of its time and that it was wrong even back then.''

So how can things be done better? This is a question that many have been asking for some time now.

'' Pocahontas' a positive example?

Furst, who leads workshops on ''racism awareness,'' sees the note in opening credits of Disney films as a positive first step, especially since alerts parents to problematic content that they may need to discuss with their kids.

But more needs to be done, says Furst. Disney could create more content to address difficult questions, for example films discussing the inappropriate content in their classic animations, which they could then make available on their platforms.

Such films could focus on problematic elements in costumes and screenplays. More importantly, they could start a debate about the moral questions a series or a film raises.

So, to sum, different from The Jungle Book and Peter Pan, Moana and Raya and the Last Dragon set a new direction for children's films. According to Furst, this also suggests that the society has matured.  ''If you rate a children's film differently as an adult, then that means one thing above all : you have become more mature.

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