Peacock Is Removing Racist Moments From Its WWE Content

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Peacock is currently in the process of vetting racist content from its massive WWE content catalog.

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Peacock announced it would become the exclusive home for WWE Network content back in January, with 17,000 hours of new and original WWE Network programming as well as pay-per-view events like WrestleMania and SummerSlam. But citing sources familiar with the matter, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Peacock is currently in the process of combing through WWE’s massive library and removing racist segments.

The segments being culled from the library reportedly include a 1990 appearance by Roddy Piper during WrestleMania VI, in which he appears with half of his face painted black and states: “I can stand here, and I can be Black! I can be white! Don’t make no difference to me. … It’s what’s inside.” The comment was prefaced by a reference to Bad News Brown being “proud to be from Harlem.”

Another removed moment reportedly includes a previously criticized 2005 segment during which WWE boss Vince McMahon used the n-word, which a spokesperson later characterized as “an outlandish and satirical skit involving fictional characters, similar to that of many scripted television shows and movies.”

A spokesperson for Peacock declined to comment but did confirm that the WWE content is currently being vetted, as is other content on the service, and that all content on Peacock is rated according to a parental guidelines system. The company did not specify whether it’s removing specific elements that it deems inappropriate or canning those episodes entirely.

WWE content is available on Peacock as a dedicated hub. The content is offered as part of the Peacock Premium tier for $5 a month, or as an ad-free experience on the service’s Premium Plus plan for $10 per month.

At the time that Peacock announced the WWE content partnership, Peacock Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Rick Cordella said in a statement that WWE had “always tapped into the cultural zeitgeist with spectacular live events and larger-than-life characters, and we are thrilled to be the exclusive home for WWE Network and its millions of fans across the country.”

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A streaming service removing elements or scrubbing entire episodes containing racist or problematic content is not unprecedented. Disney+, for example, removed several titles from kids profiles that have not aged well, including Dumbo and Peter Pan. It also ran disclaimers on some content that read, “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”

“Stark Raving Dad,” a 1991 episode of The Simpsons featuring the voice of Michael Jackson, is also missing from the service’s catalog, although the episode had previously been removed from syndication and box sets following HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary.

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Last year, HBO Max removed and then reinstated Gone With the Wind after the company was criticized for the film’s racist depictions, with the company saying at the time it would “return with a discussion of its historical context and a denouncement of those very depictions, but will be presented as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.”

Netflix, meanwhile, yanked four Chris Lilley shows in Australia and New Zealand over racial depictions, as well as British comedy series Little Britain for its inclusion of blackface sketches.

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Kevin Feige Teases The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s Mysterious New Marvel Comics Location

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Previous set pictures included elements of the Madripoor flag as set dressing, suggesting that Feige is teasing the infamous Southeast Asian island nation home to many of the Marvel Comics universe’s most notorious gangs and lucrative business dealings—and has many ties to the X-Men.

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Disney Has Updated Disney Plus’s Content Warning for Old Racist Movies

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When Disney Plus launched, it did so with a vague warning attached to some of its older, more, well, racist content, citing them as outdated. Recently, that warning got a whole lot more specific.

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As pointed out by NPR, Disney has recently changed the message that appears before certain streaming content on Disney Plus, strengthening and elaborating the message. The message is now much more specific as to what sort of content is being referred to and contains a link to a Disney website containing more information.

Here’s what the advisory reads as now, via Disney:

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.

To learn more about how stories have impacted society, please visit www.disney.com/StoriesMatter

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The linked website includes more information about Disney’s motives for including the advisory, which are purportedly “to spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects us all” and “acknowledge that some communities have been erased or forgotten altogether, and we’re committed to giving voices to their stories as well.”

Later on, the page also includes some pretty interesting explanations for a few example pieces of content, all old Disney films: Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Swiss Family Robinson. Here’s Disney’s own description of Dumbo’s racist content, for example:

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. In “The Song of the Roustabouts,” faceless Black workers toil away to offensive lyrics like “When we get our pay, we throw our money all away.”

Which, yes, that is extremely racist. The move feels like a response to criticism of the original advisory message, which was very general about what sorts of content had engendered the advisory in the first place, which, so far as conversation starters go, isn’t exactly effective. This definitely seems like a move in the right direction.

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The Stories Matter webpage also includes a list of advisors behind the company’s diversity program and the new messages on Disney Plus; the list includes the African American Film Critics Association and the GLAAD Media Institute. 


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