Source - Comcast-backed U.K. pay-TV broadcaster Sky has added “outdated attitude” disclaimers to a batch of films, including the original animated “The Jungle Book,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “The Last Samurai.”
Upon searching for Disney’s “The Jungle Book” on movie service Sky Cinema, a description now reads, “This film has outdated attitudes, language and cultural depictions which may cause offence today.” The same warning has been applied to Jon Favreau’s 2016 re-imagining of the classic.
A check of nascent streamer Disney Plus, whose content is also available on Sky under the companies’ output deal, shows that that service already makes clear that films such as the original “Jungle Book” “contains outdated cultural depictions.” As previously reported, Disney had the warnings in place around the 2019 launch of the streamer.
Do you know why I love this article so much? Because it is going to cause a tremendous amount of outrage. I'm talking like, die-on-a-hill, this-country-is-going-to-shit, libs-are-ruining-everything, type outrage and it's going to be great. The same people who will get upset about this are the people who say "where is the line?" every time a statue gets torn down. They're the people who get upset for the sake of getting upset and if you're one of those people stop reading right now.
Here are some of the films that will have the disclaimer:
Altogether, some 16 films on Sky Cinema now have an attached disclaimer, including Disney’s 1941 animated film “Dumbo”; kids’ classic “The Goonies”; Christopher Walken-fronted comedy “Balls of Fury”; Eddie Murphy-starring comedy “Trading Places”; and sci-fi sequel “Aliens.”
Other films include the original animated film “Aladdin”; 1939’s controversial classic “Gone With the Wind”; Peter O’Toole-starring “Lawrence of Arabia”; Ben Stiller-fronted “Tropic Thunder”; 1927’s “The Jazz Singer”; Shirley Temple-starring “The Littlest Rebel”; Disney’s “The Lone Ranger”; and 1980’s “Flash Gordon.”
Sky did not respond to a request for comment by press time.
Terrible, right? God forbid a cable company puts a disclaimer on a movie where a white guy dresses in blackface the entire time he's on camera. I'd be upset if these movies were being burned, but they're not. They're being updated with a disclaimer to let people know, "we don't think like this anymore." It's not that hard of a concept to grasp. I don't even think it's "woke." It's just something that people are doing now that they realize that like 90% of kids stuff from back in the day have racist depictions.
Some countries are going further by removing films all together ....
Earlier this month, Netflix, BritBox and the BBC’s on-demand service iPlayer removed BBC comedy series “Little Britain” amid concerns over the BBC program’s use of blackface.
Netflix also permanently removed four comedy shows featuring outspoken Australian performer Chris Lilley from its platform in Australia and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., HBO Max yanked 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” among concerns around its own racial depictions. Executive Sandra Dewey told Variety earlier this week, however, that the platform will eventually reinstate the film, with “careful” framing.
But again, I DON'T CARE and you shouldn't either. If this kind of stuff creates a problem in your life, you have it pretty good.
PS: Disregard everything I just said if they start to edit either the Jungle Book or Aladdin. You don't mess with masterpieces.