The latest children’s character to be ‘cancelled’ is Dumbo after Disney+ removed the film from its children’s profiles, but why?
Last week, children’s author Dr. Seuss was ‘cancelled’ after people began uncovering ‘racist’ undertones in his books, and six of his books will now no longer be published due to “racist and insensitive imagery”.
This started a movement that saw a number of other children’s books, films and characters being ‘cancelled’ too, including Curious George, Miss Piggy and now Dumbo?
The popular elephant film is the latest one to become a victim of ‘cancel culture’, but why is Dumbo in hot water? Here’s everything you need to know.
Disney+ removes Dumbo from its children’s profiles
The drama surrounding Dumbo all started this week when Disney+ removed the 1941 film from its children’s profiles.
This means that children under seven years old will be prohibited from watching the film on the subscription site.
Dumbo isn’t the only movie that’s being removed from children’s profiles either, with the likes of Peter Pan, Swiss Family Robinson and The Aristocats being restricted too.
So what’s wrong with Dumbo?
Why is Dumbo ‘cancelled’?
Why has Disney+ decided to restrict children from watching Dumbo? Well, they revealed everything in a post on their Stories Matter website.
Whilst most people remember the film as being about a circus elephant with abnormally large ears, Disney has revealed that the film actually has ‘racist’ undertones.
“The crows and musical number pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations,” they wrote on their website.
Then, they explained the big link the film has to the USA’s Jim Crow laws.
“The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States,” they said.
Finally, Disney acknowledged problems with the songs in Dumbo: “In ‘The Song of the Roustabouts,’ faceless Black workers toil away to offensive lyrics like ‘When we get our pay, we throw our money all away’.”
Disney has concluded that the film contains ‘negative stereotypes’ and people who want to watch Dumbo on Disney+ will be shown a warning message that says: “This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.”
Backlash over Dumbo’s ‘cancellation’ takes over Twitter
After Disney+ removed Dumbo from children’s profiles and acknowledged its ‘racist’ undertones, people are taking this as proof that Dumbo is now ‘cancelled’, and they aren’t happy about it.
Backlash against Disney’s decision is flooding Twitter, and a number of people have rushed to defend the film.
One person tweeted: “Disney just cancelled Dumbo and Peter Pan as part of their ‘WOKE’ Movement. Wtf is this world coming to.”
“BREAKING: Dumbo is now cancelled because it offends dumb people,” wrote another.