John Messeder


Disney, in its effort to outdo the plethora of streaming services already competing for our eyeballs and money – especially money – has created Disney+. The company has a fantastic stock of movies. Many folks my age were raised on Disney movies and cartoons, made in the days way before Netflix and Hulu. Some even before television. Many have been ruled decidedly racist, created during a time in our nation’s history when we were decidedly racist.

With its new streaming service, Disney has added another ratings descriptor to such standards as “thematic elements,” “adult situations” and “potentially disturbing images.” Now there is “outdated cultural depictions,” a phrase that Walt’s company will use to describe some of those old productions.

John Messeder is an award-winning environmental columnist and social anthropologist, and lives in Gettysburg, PA. He may be contacted at

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.