One of my biggest pet peeves in life is being talked down to or treated like I don’t have enough sense to make my own decisions. I distinctly remember being a child and being talked down to by adults. It felt like just because I was small they thought I didn’t have any self preservation instincts or reasoning skills. I remember thinking when I was big, people would no longer talk down to me and try to make decisions for me. Looking back, that was probably that was really naïve.
Today, I was scrolling through my Disney blogs when I saw that several titles have been removed from the children’s section of Disney+. They’ve removed Aladdin (both animated and live action), The Aristocats, Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, and Swiss Family Robinson. These movies aren’t new. Pretty much everyone over the age of 18 has seen these movies and there’s nothing that needs censoring. I’m not surprised because apparently, my beloved Disney feels like we the consumer can’t make decisions about what is okay and acceptable. A couple of years ago they decided Pirates of the Caribbean needed a refurb because the auction scene was too much. Never mind the fact that pirates are actually criminals. And, more recently they’ve announced that Splash Mountain and Jungle cruise are getting a refurb. What burns me is the fact that Disney feels the need to tell me what is and isn’t appropriate for my family. I don’t need their meddling. If I feel my kids aren’t ready for something, I won’t let them participate in that activity. It’s a novel idea called parenting – an idea more and more people seem more than willing to abdicate to someone else. Is Disney going to put warning labels on all the movies? How about they take down Bambi because his mother gets shot? That’s traumatizing – I would say even more so than seeing a bunch of cats getting sauced in Aristocats.
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