Streaming service Disney + has blocked access to a number of classic animations for all users under the age of seven.
As the Daily Mail notes, this decision was made because, in the opinion of the site's management, these pictures contain racial stereotypes.
Restrictions were imposed on the cartoons "Dumbo" of 1941, "Peter Pan" of 1953 and "Aristocratic Cats" of 1970, as well as the adventure film "The Swiss Family of Robinsons", released in 1960.
In addition, according to the portal The Courier, young viewers will not be able to watch the paintings "Aladdin" (1992) and "Lady and the Tramp" (1955) without parental permission.
Moreover, the disappearance of films from free access, as reported, was noticed by the audience themselves when they tried to watch them with their children.
“I wanted to see Peter Pan with my daughter, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
Then I realized that these cartoons were no longer there - they were removed from children's accounts.
I was shocked, "- quotes the publication of the words of one of the users.
The films are still available to the adult audience, but they are accompanied by a commentary warning that they are broadcasting "false stereotypes."
“This cartoon / film contains scenes of negative portrayal or mistreatment of certain populations or cultures.
These stereotypes were and remain erroneous, ”says the disclaimer.
In their address to viewers, representatives of the site emphasized that instead of removing this content, they want to "recognize its harmful effects, learn from it and intensify the discussion in order to build a more inclusive future together."
© Still from the cartoon "Aristocratic Cats" (1970)
The disclaimer was added to a number of projects presented on the streaming service in the fall of 2019.
Then the company explained the reason for this decision.
In the cartoon "Cats-Aristocrats", for example, there is a Siamese cat, allegedly became a caricature of the representatives of East Asia.
She sings in English with a bad accent and plays the piano with chopsticks.
And in the songs sounding in the picture, according to the management of Disney, there is a subtext that makes fun of the Chinese language and culture.
Dumbo also criticized musical numbers - in particular, the song of faceless black workers helping circus animals set up a tent, as well as the musical number of the crows, which allegedly contains a reference to minstrel shows in which white artists with painted faces acted in a comic manner scenes from the life of slaves.
Disney mentions in the commentary that the film has offensive tracks.
In Peter Pan, according to company representatives, indigenous peoples are depicted in a stereotypical manner that does not reflect their true cultural traditions.
In addition, in the film they are called "redskins", which was regarded as an offensive term.
The painting "The Swiss Family of Robinsons" has been criticized for its stereotypical portrayal of pirates.
Many of them have yellow and brown faces, flashy outfits, jewelry and makeup, which, according to Disney, testifies to the racist overtones in the portrayal of these characters.
“In line with our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are revising our library and adding alerts to content that depicts negative or mistreated populations or cultures,” the company said.
Disney added that it also strives to tell the stories of some communities that "have been left out or completely forgotten."
They emphasized that for this purpose a whole group of external experts was created "to consult in the process of evaluating our content in order to faithfully reflect the interests of our global audience."
© Still from the film "Gone with the Wind" (1939)
Disney is not the only American company that has suddenly decided to look for "false stereotypes" in classic films.
In the summer of 2020, the video service HBO Max removed the 1939 film Gone With the Wind from its catalog.
This came after the publication on the Los Angeles Times of a column by cinematographer John Ridley, in which it was claimed that the film featured painful stereotypes about blacks.
Later, the picture again became available to users of the site, but now it is supplemented with video materials explaining its historical context.
The culture of prohibitions, as some users described what was happening, also touched the series "Little Britain".
Netflix, BBC and BritBox have removed the tape from their collections because its actors were using blackface.
Hulu and Amazon Prime, in turn, have refused to air four episodes of the series "Studio 30".
In addition, for reasons of "political correctness" the creators of "The Simpsons" stated that white actors will no longer voice the colored characters of the series.
Several white artists, including Kristen Bell (Central Park) and Mike Henry (Family Guy), have also declined to voice the colored characters.
At the same time, more and more large Hollywood studios are claiming the role of cult characters of black actors.
So, in the summer of 2019, it became known that the American actress Halle Bailey will play the main role in the game remake of the Disney cartoon "The Little Mermaid".
The role of agent 007 in the 25th Bond film also went to black actress Lashana Lynch.
In both cases, this caused a lot of critical comments from fans of the projects.
Some noted that in this way filmmakers destroy the classics.
Prohibitions allegedly aimed at eradicating racism have also affected some literary works.
In the summer of 2020, it was decided to republish Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" novel in France.
The book received a new title - "There were ten of them" - and the word "negroes" the representative of the publishing house promised to replace the word "soldiers".
Because of the word "niger", Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird was also excluded from the school curriculum of a number of US educational institutions.
The author of the work was accused of inciting ethnic hatred.