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Disney is placing stickers on movies to warn of racism

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Sometimes it’s a small detail that a film needs to get over. Or, sometimes it’s something as momentous as directors inserting a note to subtle discrimination. When the parents of a 3-year-old posted a selfie with their daughter to review a recent Netflix film, viewers immediately raised an eyebrow.

The caption posted with the photo of the mom and daughter showed them walking down a street carrying shopping bags. “The Do Over” appears to depict the couple as black men. Critics slammed the film for reinforcing racial stereotypes.

But when it comes to filtering films, Disney’s initiative goes a step further. The studio released a document through a Marvel newsletter announcing a new effort to warn potential Disney moviegoers about “racist behavior, intimidation and disparaging stereotypes in the film,” according to the newsletter.

In one of the segments, for “A Wrinkle in Time,” the studio recommends inclusivity and calls attention to anthropomorphized animals that may start as human but are transformed into animal. The program also mentions “prejudice and intolerant, authoritarian characters.”

This isn’t the first time Disney has addressed audience concerns about stereotypes. For the preview trailer for “The Emoji Movie,” a yellow emoji jokes about anger management and a boss tells employees to “Let it go.”

Read more at The New York Times.

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