Sky has warned viewers that Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Flash Gordon, The Jungle Book and Aladdin have “outdated values” as broadcasters respond to concerns that some content is no longer acceptable.
Sky Cinema, the broadcasting giant’s movie service, warned subscribers that some of its content “has outdated attitudes, languages and cultural representations that can today be offensive.”
Sixteen films have the warning, including The Goonies, Aliens, Dumbo, Gone With The Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Tropic Thunder, The Jazz Singer, The Littlest Rebel, The Lone Ranger, Balls of Fury and The Last Samurai.
It occurs after other TV shows and movies have been removed from streaming services or to which warnings have been added, especially when Little Britain has notably pulled out of Netflix, BBC iPlayer and BritBox in a row on characters in black face.
Sky has issued a warning alongside a number of its “outdated values” films, including the 1986 Aliens hit (photo: Sigourney Weaver)
Broadcasting giants say he’s looking at films that “have outdated attitudes, languages and cultural representations that may offend today”
Original Disney animations of Jungle Book, Dumbo and Aladdin on Sky now carry the new content warning.
The same warning was also added to the 2016 live remake of the 2019 Jungle Book and Aladdin movie.
But the broadcaster later removed the warning from Aladdin’s remake, saying it was a mistake.
Critics have expressed concerns about the use of the history of orientalist stereotypes, while casting decisions have also been discussed, with Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, and the genius played by white actors in the animation.
Dumbo has been accused of containing racist stereotypes of African-Americans at the time in the form of black crows, who use jive-style speech patterns. The main bird is even called Jim Crow, a nod to Jim Crow’s racist segregationist laws of the time, and is voiced by a white actor.
The 1992 version of Aladdin as well as other popular Disney animations such as Dumbo and The Jungle Book also have the same warning issued next to them (photo by Aladdin)
The live remake of The Jungle Book 2016 was also accompanied by a warning (photo)
Which Sky movies were excluded?
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
- The Jungle Book (live-action remake from 1967 and 2016)
- Aladdin (1992)
- The Goonies (1985)
- Dumbo (1941)
- Foreigners (1986)
- Business locations (1983)
- Flash Gordon (1980)
- Gone with the Wind (1939)
- Laurent of Arabia (1962)
- Tropic Thunder (2008)
- The jazz singer (1927)
- The Littlest Rebel (1935)
- The Lone Ranger (2013)
- Balls of Fury (2007)
- The Last Samurai (2003)
A warning was also issued alongside the success of Flash Gordon in 1980, with the film antagonist, Ming the Merciless, played by Max von Sydow, considered a classic example of xenophobia “Yellow Peril”.
The 1939 novel Gone with the Wind, which takes place in the south during the American civil war and reconstruction, was published with a warning.
This comes after the streaming service HBO Max deleted Gone with the Wind following criticism of its “racist depictions”.
Some newer movies, including The Lone Ranger, Balls of Fury, The Last Samurai and Tropic Thunder, also have warnings.
Lawrence of Arabia, Trading Places, The Jazz Singer, The Littlest Rebel and The Goonies were also excluded.
Many Twitter users reacted angrily to Sky Cinema’s warning about the 1986 film Aliens, with some believing that the warning discredited a film with a “strong female role for no reason.”
Aliens follows the story of Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, who is sent to a planet to come into contact with a terraforming colony and must fight them to survive.
Sky says they review a number of their titles on their platform and add any warnings where they think it is necessary to report issues of cultural sensitivities and attitudes that may cause an offense under its broader commitment to combat racial injustice.
Twitter users reacted to Sky Cinema’s warning about some of their titles, a user who replied “f *** off 2020” when sharing the aliens disclaimer
A Sky spokesperson told MailOnline, “Sky is committed to supporting the fight against racism and improving diversity and inclusion both on and off the screen. We are constantly reviewing the entire content of Sky-owned channels and will take action if necessary, including adding additional information to our customers to allow them to make an informed decision when deciding which movies and TV shows to watch. “
It is the result of a series of broadcasters warning viewers of obsolete cultural references in some of its content, while certain programs have been deleted.
Earlier this month, Little Britain was removed from BBC iPlayer, Netflix and BritBox after receiving widespread backlash from viewers regarding its use of black-faced characters.
1985 film The Goonies (photo) comes with Sky Cinema warning
A warning can be seen alongside the 1980 film Flash Gordon (photo), due to xenophobia “Yellow Peril”
It is the result of a number of broadcasters examining its content, with Little Britain (photo) removed from Netflix, BBC iPlayer and BritBox due to racism
The streaming sites decided to delete the show created by Matt Lucas, 46, and David Walliams, 48.
Netflix also landed the pair’s other comedy, Come Fly With Me.
Last week, UKTV removed the episode “Don’t Mention The War” from the classic 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers from its platforms because it contained racial slurs, a move criticized by John Cleese, who played Basil Fawlty .
The broadcaster has since revived the episode with a warning to viewers.
The League of Gentlemen, The Mighty Boosh and Gone With The Wind have also been removed.
TV duo Ant and Dec also issued an apology this month for stealing the identity of people of color on Saturday evening take-out.