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The Disney+ nostalgia train has been briefly interrupted by a disclaimer.

Following the streaming service’s Tuesday launch, some users noticed a warning attached to several Disney classics of “outdated cultural depictions” in titles including “Dumbo” (1941), “Peter Pan” (1953), “The Aristocats” (1970), “The Jungle Book” (1967) and the original “Lady and the Tramp” (1955).

“This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions,” the warning reads after each film’s plot description, referring to triggering elements that are culturally insensitive.

In “Dumbo,” for example, a crow named Jim Crow speaks with a stereotypical African-American accent. “The Aristocats” and “Lady and The Tramp” feature Siamese cats with stereotypical Asian accents. All of these characters are voiced by white actors.  

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A scene from the 1941 Disney classic “Dumbo.” (Photo: XXX THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY)

Some users applauded Disney for the move. 

“Look at #DisneyPlus letting the people know early that their old films were racist and culturally insensitive. Accountability is key, and historical context is important,” Ernest Jones tweeted. User @324_B21 wrote, “This is good.”

@cinder84 added, “As a person of color, I appreciate that @disneyplus @Disney ⁩is showing these movies as they were made, while also giving a public service announcement. Don’t censor, but acknowledge faults. #growth #change #honest.”

Others called Disney’s disclaimers “dismissive” and wanted the company to go further in denouncing racist depictions in the films. 

“Hate to nitpick a sensitivity warning but Disney+’s feels so brief and kind of dismissive by calling it ‘outdated cultural depictions,'” tweeted @Unicornmantis, comparing the company’s disclaimer to “Warner Brothers actually calling it racial prejudice.”

@MoniqueFreemon wrote, “‘Outdated cultural depictions’ = ‘Hey… so we were racist.'”

“‘It may contain outdated cultural depictions’ is a really polite way for @disneyplus to say ‘oh hey our cartoons are racist & antisemitic,'” user @remembrancermx tweeted.

Disney+ is available for 6.99/month or $69.99/year.

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