UK Broadcaster Adds “Outdated Attitudes” Disclaimer to Disney Movies


UK Broadcaster, Sky, has added an “outdated attitudes” disclaimer to a list of films including Disney’s 1967 animated feature The Jungle Book, Dumbo (1941) and Aladdin (1992).

Upon searching for these films, a description comes up saying: “This film has outdated attitudes, language and cultural depictions which may cause offence today.”

Jon Favreau’s 2016 reimagining of the animated film also was given the acknowledgement, as was Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Last Samurai, The Goonies, Balls of Fury, Trading Places, Aliens, Gone With the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Tropic Thunder, The Littlest Rebel, The Lone Ranger and Flash Gordon.

According to Variety, a total of 23 films have been added to the list, however, Sky did not respond to their request for comment.

The move follows Netflix, after it permanently removed four of Chris Lilley’s programs at the beginning of June.

The comedian is known for racially profiling characters in his shows including We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Angry Boys and Jonah From Tonga and had previously faced backlash for his controversial characters.

Channel 9’s Today host Brooke Boney, called the removal of content a “slippery slope”.

“Obviously the characters are controversial, some are hurtful because they’re making fun of people of colour, let’s be honest,” she told hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon

“People of colour aren’t represented enough on-screen and you’ve got people who are white making fun of that, that’s obviously unhelpful and not nice. But I think when we start removing content and when we start tearing things down it’s a very slippery slope,” she said before adding: “If they truly want to make a difference in the way that we tell stories about who we are as a society, then we don’t do that by deleting things we’ve done in the past — we do it by making sure we don’t do it again in the future and being more inclusive and responsible with our storytelling. If you’re going to do change, make it meaningful.”

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