Disney Plus is breaking its promise not to add R-rated movies to the streaming platform.
Over the weekend, Disney+ announced that they will begin streaming its first-ever R-rated content, debuting the superhero flicks “Deadpool,” “Deadpool 2” and “Logan” on the streaming platform Friday.
All three films, produced by 20th Century Fox, are based on characters from Marvel Comics — but they wade into much more violent and sexual territory than most Disney-produced Marvel films would dare.
Here’s what the official account for the “Deadpool” film franchise tweeted in response to the news:
“Hurry and stream your copy of Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan on @DisneyPlus starting this Friday, before someone comes to their senses and they go back in the vault forever.”
Hurry and stream your copy of Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan on @DisneyPlus starting this Friday, before someone comes to their senses and they go back in the vault forever. @VancityReynolds @RealHughJackman pic.twitter.com/gTOKvFfCWy
— Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) July 21, 2022
Family-friendly programming may no longer be Disney’s top priority, as they want to compete with other streaming platforms.
Even some of those movies, which might have featured derogatory portrayals of specific cultures or racist tropes, came with a second disclaimer alerting viewers to the problematic material.
For example, “Peter Pan” received a warning because the portrayal of Native Americans “reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions,” according to the Walt Disney Company. “The Aristocats” also received a warning due to a “racist caricature of East Asian peoples,” the company said.
Some video was also edited, such as Daryl Hannah’s exposed buttocks in the movie “Splash,” which were digitally hidden when they appeared on Disney+.
PTC President Tim Winter recalled in his recent statement:
“Three years ago, the Walt Disney Company made a promise to families. No R-rated movies on Disney+, they said. It’s a family focused platform, they said. We have Hulu for our edgier adult fare, they said. It turns out they were lying to us. After decades of corporate brilliance establishing itself as the world’s most trusted brand for families, today’s C-level suite at Disney has decided to flush it all down the toilet.”
Noting that “Disney+ points subscribers to its parental controls,” Winter insisted that “the mere presence of R-rated and TV-MA rated content violates the trust and sensibilities of families.” He expressed disappointment that “what took decades to build is now taking mere months to erase.”
“One day in the no-too-distant future, business schools will point back to this corrupt corporate U-Turn as they analyze what happened to the once-great Walt Disney Company,” he predicted. “In the meantime, families will continue to be woefully underserved by Hollywood.”
More details of this report from Wayne Dupree:
Disney+ started preparing the ground for more mature content back in March by pushing “into TV-MA/R area by modifying its existing Parental Controls in the U.S.” The TV-MA rated “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” and “Luke Cage,” among other Marvel shows that were previously available on other streaming platforms, have been added to Disney+’s catalog along with the new parental restrictions, the site stated.
Fans of “Deadpool” and “Logan” may be pleased with the streaming service’s newest material, but the Parents Television and Media Council is not so happy, claiming that Disney+ betrayed its “promise” to parents.
Tim Winter, the organization’s president, said in a statement issued on Friday that “although Disney+ guides users to its parental controls, the mere existence of R-rated and TV-MA rated content violates the trust and sensibilities of families.” “What took years to create today only takes months to destroy.”
Meanwhile, the casts of “Deadpool” and “Logan” took a slightly different stance.
Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, who plays the lead roles in “Logan” and “Deadpool,” were pictured hugging on the set of the latter film. Hugh Jackman wrote on Instagram, “Thank you @disneyplus for adding brothers-in-arms @deadpoolmovie and #Logan as the first R-Rated movies on the platform. We’ll accept your pick, even though it is dubious.
Reynolds responded on social media as well, posting a humorous article suggesting that a number of other “family-friendly” Disney movies, such as “Bambi,” “Old Yeller,” and even “The Lion King,” are far bloodier than they appear.
Logan and Deadpool will soon be the first R-rated films on Disney+, we’re supposed to announce, Reynolds wrote. But everyone is aware that some Disney films ought to be classed R due to irreversible damage.
Melissa Henson, program director for the PTC, cited the integration of LGBT ideology into children’s programming and Disney Plus’ addition of R-rated content to its portfolio as evidence that “there seems to be a general movement from Disney away from its roots.”
She recalled that founder Walt Disney wanted to “bring families together” by producing content that would “bring families together” and “unite families.”