Disney+ has pulled a number of Disney classics from kids' profiles due to "negative depictions"...
And of course, it's divided a lot of opinions.
Here's the full story...
Now, the so-called cancel-culture has been dominating the virtual world as of late.Traditionally, the term "canceled" means to "dismiss something", or to "reject an individual or an idea", as per Dictionary.
But, in the last year or so, the act of "canceling" has taken on a whole new meaning entirely.
And in more recent times, old-fashioned cartoons, characters, and children's books have been the main targets of cancel culture.
“I can’t believe they’re cancelling Dr Seuss books for being RACIST!”— copeland 🦋 (@thedopestcope) March 4, 2021
The books in question: pic.twitter.com/FVHanINQbR
Take the Dr. Seuss saga earlier this month, for example.
6 of his books have been discontinued by publishers due to "racist ideologies" and this resulted in the internet completely canceling the famous author.
Miss Piggy, one of the most iconic characters in The Muppets, has also been up for debate over whether she should be canceled or not...
Which was ultimately triggered by the controversial Looney Tunes skunk, Pepe Le Pew, being axed by Warner Bro's.
It's all very uncomfortable to watch back...
And many have branded the skunk as an "offender" who has been promoting a very dangerous image over the last few decades... especially to young children.
So, how does this involve Miss Piggy?
Miss Piggy should be the next one “cancelled”. She would not leave poor Kermit the Frog alone! He repeatedly told her no. SMH. pic.twitter.com/FPMNGly7wM— Kelly Wachowiak (@KellyWachowiak) March 9, 2021
Well, after rewatching cartoons that include Pepe, people have recognized some scarily similar characteristics between Pepe and Miss Piggy when it comes to treating their partners.
Many feel Miss Piggy represents the image of a domestic abuser and the way she constantly forces herself upon Kermit doesn't sit well with lots of viewers.
And as for the most recent target of cancel culture?
Well, it's none other than the most famous entertainment company in the world... Disney.
Disney+ has just made the bold decision to remove a handful of classic Disney movies from kids' profiles along with disclaimers and it's certainly gotten people talking.
Many agree with Disney's decision to remove these movies from the kids' section of the app...
But others aren't so happy...
In order to be family-friendly, Disney+ has removed some timeless classics from their kids' profiles section...
And as for the reason why? Well, some older Disney films have been updated with content advisory notices for various reasons, and if an advisory has been added to a film then it will no longer be discoverable on kids' profiles.
This doesn't mean the specific movie will be gone for good! It just means children won't be able to access it without a parent present.
Disney's "stories matter" section on the website reveals the specific reasons these movies have received advisories...
Pointing out some racial stereotypes and references to other negative depictions and concepts.
So, which titles have been removed?
Firstly, we have the 1970 classic, The Aristocats.
"The cat is depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypical traits such as slanted eyes and buck teeth," the site explains.
"He sings in poorly accented English voiced by a white actor and plays the piano with chopsticks. This portrayal reinforces the 'perpetual foreigner' stereotype, while the film also features lyrics that mock the Chinese language and culture such as 'Shanghai, Hong Kong, Egg Foo Young. Fortune cookie always wrong'."
Next up is Dumbo, perhaps one of the oldest Disney movies out there.
"The crows and musical numbers pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations," Disney says.
"The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. In 'The Song of the Roustabouts,' faceless Black workers toil away to offensive lyrics like 'When we get our pay, we throw our money all away'."
Peter Pan is the next movie that has been taken off the kids' profile.
"The film portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions. It shows them speaking in an unintelligible language and repeatedly refers to them as 'redskins,' an offensive term. Peter and the Lost Boys engage in dancing, wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes, a form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples' culture and imagery."
And the final movie to be removed is Swiss Family Robinson.
"The pirates who antagonize the Robinson family are portrayed as a stereotypical foreign menace. Many appear in 'yellowface' or 'brownface' and are costumed in an exaggerated and inaccurate manner with top knot hairstyles, queues, robes, and overdone facial make-up and jewelry, reinforcing their barbarism and 'otherness'. They speak in an indecipherable language, presenting a singular and racist representation of Asian and Middle Eastern peoples."
So, there you have it!
What do you think? Do you think it's appropriate for Disney to put forward these disclaimers? Or do you think it's just another classic example of cancel culture?