SKY Cinema has warned viewers that The Jungle Book, Aladdin, Dumbo and Aliens have “outdated values” because broadcasters are focusing on TV shows and movies that don’t fit today’s story.
Subscribers have received a warning from the media giant that some of its content presents “outdated attitudes, languages and cultural representations that may today be offensive.”
Sixteen films were released with the warning, including: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Goonies, Aladdin, Dumbo, Gone With The Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Tropic Thunder, The Jazz Singer, The Littlest Rebel, The Lone Ranger, Balls of Fury . , The Jungle Book, Flash Gordon and The Last Samurai.
Aladdin’s remakes, The Jungle Book and Dumbo received the warning but were deleted soon after, Sky claiming it was a mistake.
The 1992 version of Aladdin was criticized for using orientalist stereotypes and the cast was questioned as Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the genie were cast by white actors.
Dumbo’s original animation was accused of containing racist stereotypes of African Americans in the form of black crows who used jive-style speech patterns.
The main bird was called Jim Crow, the name of Jim Crow’s segregationist racist laws of the time.
He was also voiced by a white actor.
The classic 1939 novel Gone with the Wind, which takes place during the American Civil War and the American Reconstruction, was published with a warning.
It comes after HBO Max removed the film from its options because of its “racist depictions”.
Not all movies tagged with warnings are old movies, some, like The Lone Ranger, were shot as recently as in 2013.
The broadcasting company has been criticized for warning Alien that it discredits a film with a “strong female role”.
One person wrote, “This is crazy. I guess it’s true and not a liquidation. Sky Cinema warnings about movies, even Disney ones. “
Sky is committed to supporting the fight against racism and improving diversity and inclusion on and off screen
Another added, “See some accounts expressing outrage and confusion over these warnings on Sky Cinema. You all know that Vasquez was played by a white woman in brown, right? ”
“Good on Sky Cinema for putting this content warning,” said one person.
A Sky spokesperson said, “Sky is committed to supporting the fight against racism and improving diversity and inclusion both on and off the screen.
“We are constantly reviewing all of the content on 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.” “
This comes after Little Britain and Come Fly With Me were removed from Netflix, BBC iPlayer and BritBox after controversy over the use of blackface characters.
The two series with Matt Lucas and David Walliams are no longer available to watch on online streaming sites amid the Black Lives Matter protests.
An iconic episode of Fawlty Towers who coined the phrase “Don’t mention war” from the UKTV streaming site.
The Society’s streaming service has decided to delete the episode, which also includes racial terms.
This is the last “classic” British TV show to be removed from a BBC-owned streaming service, as broadcasters continue to reassess old British TV content.
A UKTV spokesperson has repeatedly refused to say why the program was cut or whether the decision was final: “We are not commenting on individual titles.
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“However, we regularly review our programs, and make changes, add warnings and modify schedules if necessary to ensure that our channels meet the expectations of our audience.” ”
The episode in question showed John Cleese as Basil Fawlty shouting the famous phrase while walking around a hotel in Torquay.
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