‘Outdated attitudes’ in a 2019 movie? UK’s Sky Cinema blasted for adding ‘trigger warning’ to remake of Aladdin
Sky’s movie service informed its viewers that 2019’s ‘Aladdin’ contains “outdated attitudes, language and cultural depictions which may cause offence today.”
Sky’s “trigger warning” has drawn a predictable backlash online.
Public now being warned that movies made in 2019 have ‘outdated attitudes’. Corporate Britain has lost the plot. Best ignored until they get a grip again. pic.twitter.com/saL9ZEgUMa— Michael Heaver (@Michael_Heaver) June 19, 2020
“Wait til they catch up with ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’! Banned by the end of the week!” Mansfield MP Ben Bradley tweeted.
Viewers claimed that absolutely no one has been offended by 2019’s Aladdin.
Aladdin release last year and offended no one lmaoooo pic.twitter.com/WyC6UA0y57— Dave (@xenomorphing426) June 19, 2020
With the movie’s remake, Disney made multiple attempts to “fix” the original movie. The lyrics in ‘Prince Ali’ were smoothed up to avoid describing a Disney hero as a slave owner. The remake also changed lyrics from the “problematic” original’s ‘Arabian nights,’ which had already been made more “politically correct” prior to that, in July 1993.
Sky Cinema went ahead and marked several other movies, apart from the 2019 ‘Aladdin’, as well.
2008’s ‘Tropic Thunder,’ which previously drew attention due to Robert Downey Jr’s blackface, also got tagged.
The same description was added to several older classics.
‘The Goonies,’ ‘Flash Gordon’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ all fell victim to the controversial disclaimer and got service users thinking of cancelling their subscription. Some even accused the service of being “anti-feminist” for marking 1986’s ‘Aliens,’ which features a strong female lead.
Viewers suggested that Shakespeare and Dickens should now come with a warning, too.
Have a look through some of their listings. They are treating us as idiots now. Of course movies and TV programmes written 30/40/50+ years ago have outdated views. Should Shakespeare and Dickens now come with a warning? And music? Where does it end?— Quarantine Dave (@rockgod1970) June 19, 2020
Getting a “racist” label is not rare for Disney Classics. ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Dumbo,’ ‘The Aristocats,’ ‘Lady and the Tramp,’ and ‘Fantasia’ all courted controversy in the past, due to their “offensive” content, and received a “sensitivity warning” from Disney+.Also on rt.com HBO Max has pulled ‘Gone With the Wind’ from its service in order to fight racism and, frankly my dear, I DO give a damn!
Now, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, multiple movies and TV shows are being flagged with trigger warnings or completely removed from different services. Most outrage was caused by HBO Max deleting ‘Gone with the Wind’ from its library. The 1939 US Civil War drama is widely considered a cinema classic, and HBO’s decision has left many baffled. Popular American reality TV show ‘Cops’ has also been dropped by its network, following allegations that it was normalizing police brutality.
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