Disney +, the online streaming service of the long-standing film and media giant, has started cracking down on some of its now outdated material from years gone by.
Disney has long since acknowledged that many of its older films feature racist stereotypes which are no longer socially acceptable today – and now they have taken further measures to address this.
From now on, such films and TV shows from the Disney back catalogue – even those which carry a U rating – will not be accessible by the accounts of viewers aged 7 or under.
In a statement to the New York Post, Disney declares, “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.”
This measure comes on top of the on-screen content warnings that Disney had already added to this material, to caution viewers of the racially insensitive content.
Disney + had already made the decision not to make available some of their most pointedly outdated films and shows from years gone by, the most notorious being 1946’s Song of the South, which has not been commercially available in any form since its VHS release in the 80s.