And Song Of The South isn't the only sordid remnant of Disney's past being ignored by the streaming service. According to reports, Disney+'s version of Dumbo won't include the crow scene, which features a minstrel-like character literally named Jim Crow, after America's racial segregation laws. Even the recent Tim Burton remake nixed that, presumably replacing it with some kind of CGI Johnny Depp monstrosity. Though all this raises a question: Where does Disney draw the line?
There's a ton of racist scenes in other Disney films, from Tiger Lily's stereotypical tribe in Peter Pan to the scheming Siamese cats in Lady And The Tramp. Is Disney going to excise those from its service? Or include some kind of bonus feature that outlines the context for why those scenes were made in the first place and why they're no longer considered acceptable? Or perhaps the company currently figuring out how best to modernize the story of Ted Danson mistaking an infant for a bag of heroin isn't the best place to turn for a nuanced discussion of race in America.
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