Disney has come under fire for including its entire back catalogue on new streaming service Disney+, as some of the older content has been described as racist.

New subscribers to the platform have pointed out that older films from the media giant are full of racist connotations.

There have been reports that some films would be edited to remove potentially offensive content, such as a scene involving a crow named Jim Crow in 1941 movie Dumbo. The crow is a reference to a blackface theatre character from the 1800s.

However, platform users have instead noticed that in some film descriptions – which include Dumbo, The Jungle Book and Fantasia – Disney has added the disclaimer: ‘This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated depictions.’

While some have praised the decision, saying Disney is showing accountability, others are saying the disclaimer is an easy way out for the company.

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