Disney is updating their disclaimers on some of their animated/and or films, including The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Swiss Family Robinson and others. The new disclaimer is longer and more in-depth than the original disclaimers that appeared before the films, which simply stated the films contained "outdated cultural depictions."
The new disclaimer reads as follows: "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspiration and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe."
The disclaimer also links to the company's Stories Matter initiative, focusing on Disney's quest to create more inclusive content. "Stories shape how we see ourselves and everyone around us," states the site. "So as storytellers, we have the power and responsibility to not only uplift and inspire, but also consciously, purposefully and relentlessly champion the spectrum of voices and perspectives in our world."
The Stories Matter site also goes into detail about the problematic aspects of the films, such as depictions of racial stereotypes, brownface, yellowface, and other insensitive content.
Disney's updated disclaimers reflect the company's intention to be culturally responsive to its global audience. Along with addressing problematic content, Disney has also decided not to bring certain films to its streaming platform, such as Song of the South, which is solely about romanticizing slavery.