Disney+ adds warning to so-called 'offensive' films like 'Dumbo,' 'Lady and the Tramp'

The new streaming service launched on Tuesday and there are disclaimers with some of its movies saying they "may contain outdated cultural depictions."

Digital Content Producer
November 14, 2019 - 8:32 am
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(KFTK) - Movies like "Dumbo," "The Jungle Book" and "Lady and the Tramp" have arrived on Disney+ with a warning that lets viewers know they could be in for an offensive ride.

A few of the classic animated features that appear on the new streaming service have been slightly altered since they were shown in theaters.

They carry the following warning: "This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions."

Among those "outdated cultural depictions" are the offensive African-American black crows from 1941's "Dumbo" and the Asian-stereotyping song "We Are Siamese" from 1955's "Lady and the Tramp."

Other films include the 1953's "Peter Pan" for depictions of Native Americans and "The Aristocats" from 1970 which also has Siamese cats speaking in voices that are parodies of East Asian accents.

The new streaming service debuted Tuesday, picking up more than 10 million subscribers right out of the gate.

Related: Disney Plus hits 10M subscribers in 1 day

In addition to some edited films, one of Disney’s most controversial movies, "Song of the South," will not be featured on the Disney+ app at all.  The 1946 film won an Oscar for its original song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," but has faced criticism for decades for its depiction of post-Civil War African-Americans. 

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