As The Washington Post noted, the company’s decision not to censor those titles was met with both praise and criticism. (You won’t find the notorious Song of the South, criticized for glorifying plantation life and slavery, on the service, though.) Some think that Disney is taking accountability for its past by showing those titles as they were shown back then with a warning attached. But critics point out that the wording used is vague at best — Gayle Wald, head of American studies department at George Washington University, said the company should’ve been more explicit about its intended message.
To emphasize his point about Disney’s “dismissive” warning, Twitter user @unicornmantis posted the company’s notice right next to Warner Brothers’. While Disney kept it vague and used the word “may,” WB’s warning acknowledged the ethnic and racial prejudices depicted in old cartoons like Tom and Jerry. “These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today,” it reads.
Hate to nitpick a sensitivity warning but Disney+’s feels so brief and kind of dismissive by calling it “outdated cultural depictions” vs Warner Brothers actually calling it racial prejudice pic.twitter.com/98uYEBLyZK
— give Rise 3 seasons or we fight (@unicornmantis) November 12, 2019