Yikes

Disney+ just added a Racial Stereotype Disclaimer

words by: Natasha Marsh
Oct 25, 2020

Disney+ is attempting to right its wrongs and acknowledge their racist history in the films they screen. The megabrand has now issued a 12-second disclaimer informing viewers of the racial stereotypes and negative depictions of people of color. Their hope is to spark a conversation among families about the importance of representation.

 

“As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures,” The Walt Disney Company’s website reads. “Rather than removing this content, we see an opportunity to spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects us all. We also want to acknowledge that some communities have been erased or forgotten altogether, and we’re committed to giving voice to their stories as well.”

 

 

Reading that statement, I chuckled. Disney claims the content and history in these racist films, affected all of us? I’d love for them to explain that when the content is targeted very specifically to people of color and marginalized communities. Personally, I don’t know if I buy it. If a movie is racist, why can’t it just be removed? To me, the disclaimer seems more like a bandage (also known as a marketing tactic) than a “we see you” statement.

 

Photos via Disney