Cancel culture’s latest victims include the films Dumbo, Peter Pan, Swiss Family Robinson and The Aristocats.
The Washington Examiner reports that Disney+ has removed the movies from children’s profile accounts and added warnings for adults due to the portrayal of offensive stereotypes in the films.
Disney says Dumbo was removed because, “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. 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.”
As far as Peter Pan goes, “the film portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions. It shows them speaking in an unintelligible language and repeatedly refers to them as ‘redskins,’ an offensive term. Peter and the Lost Boys engage in dancing, wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes.”
In the Aristocats, “the (Siamese) cat (Shun Gon) is depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypical traits such as slanted eyes and buck teeth.”
According to the Daily Caller, the warning message that appears before the movies on adult accounts states:
“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe…”
NY Public Library Says it WON’T Cancel Dr. Seuss
The New York Public Library says it will not remove certain “controversial” Dr. Seuss books from its shelves.
Library spokeswoman Angela Montefinise told the New York Post that the library “does not censor books.”
“In this case, the six titles in question are being pulled out of print by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, so the very few copies we have of these titles will continue to circulate until there are no longer in acceptable condition,” Montefinise said.
“In the meantime, librarians, who care deeply about serving their communities and ensuring accurate and diverse representation in our collections — especially children’s books — will certainly strongly consider this information when planning storytimes, displays, and recommendations,” she said.
The books are part of the library’s historical research collection.
According to the Post, the Brooklyn Public Library will also keep the books in circulation, while the Queens Public Library is considering whether to move the books to its reference section but says it stands firmly against censorship.
The Post writes:
The half dozen books by Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, made news this week when the company that publishes the titles for Penguin Random House, said it would no longer publish them.
The six Dr. Seuss books that have come under fire from the leftist woke mob are: “If I Ran the Zoo,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
Leftists claim the books are racist due to stereotypical portrayals of certain racial and ethnic groups.
The banning of the books has prompted Universal Studios in Orlando, FL to “evalute” its attractions and park rides inspired by the famous children’s author.
Ebay is reportedly removing listings from those selling the canceled Dr. Seuss books for not following the company’s “offensive material policy.”
The policy allows Ebay to remove listings that “promote or glorify hatred, violence or discrimination.”
Interestingly enough, the Daily Mail points out that Ebay is still allowing copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf to be sold on its website.
We leave you with some Leftist Logic on the Dr. Seuss controversy:
Trust 5-year-olds enough to choose their own gender but don't trust 5-year-olds enough to read Dr. Seuss
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 2, 2021
University of Chicago Students Start Newspaper to Fight Cancel Culture
Two students at the University of Chicago have created a digital newspaper to fight back against cancel culture on campus.
Audrey Unverferth and Evita Duffy wanted to highlight conservative and libertarian voices that are very much under attack by leftist ideology on campus right now. Their motto is “Outthink the mob,” with a mission that reads “We demand not be coddled. Embracing the experience of unfettered inquiry and free expression is precisely the point of these years of intense study.”
“Self-censorship on campus has really become a sickness. I’ve experienced cancel culture, so has Audrey and other people we know, and at one point this summer, we said we are done,” Duffy told “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy on Thursday.
The students launched the website “to give people the courage to actually say what they think in the classroom, which is supposed to be the one place where you are supposed to think for yourself and have open debate,” Duffy explained.
Unverferth said a majority of the politically vocal student body on campus is “not supportive of our speech.”
Unfortunately as with most people who speak out, the girls have had their fair share of hate but Duffy said, “I think what is more important than all the hate that we get from students is the amount of beautiful messages that we get from students and professors actually who are so happy that we are doing this, and giving them the courage to stand up.”
Make sure to check out their website.