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Disney+ Faces Backlash For R-Rated Content

Some R-rated content like Deadpool has been added to the streaming service Disney+ in recent weeks, and not everyone is happy about the increase in the streaming platform’s variety.

The Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) is accusing the Walt Disney Company of lying and being deceitful after the Walt Disney Company added R-rated films (such as the recent additions Deadpool (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018), and Logan (2017)) to the family-friendy streaming platform Disney+.

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Deadpool is an R-rated superhero comedy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that stars Ryan Reynolds. Credit: Marvel

According to Tim Winter, the president of the Parents Television and Media Council, the Walt Disney Company promised three years ago that it would not be adding any R-rated films to Disney+. “It’s a family-focused platform, they said. We have Hulu for our edgier adult fare, they said,” Tim Winter stated. “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.”

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PTC president Tim Winter went on, criticizing the Walt Disney Company and Disney+ further with the following statements: “While Disney Plus points subscribers to its parental controls, the mere presence of R-rated and TV-MA rated content violates the trust and sensibilities of families. What took decades to build is now taking mere months to erase.”

The PTC president also declared that “one day in the not-too-distant future, business schools will point back to this abrupt corporate U-turn as they analyze what happened to the once-great Walt Disney Company. And in the meantime, families will continue to be woefully underserved by Hollywood.”

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Ryan Reynolds shared a fake R-rating for Bambi recently, citing the film’s upsetting scenes and the traumatic death of Bambi’s mother. Credit: Disney

Actor Ryan Reynolds was actually the one who announced the arrival of Deadpool films and Logan onto Disney+ (even though Ryan Reynolds announced the films’ streaming status via a very funny list of R-ratings for previous Disney films). In the face of the PTC allegations, some Disney fanatics might actually find the humorous announcement from Ryan Reynolds to be a relevant argument. Plenty of old Disney movies have upsetting content, so the “sensibilities of families” that the PTC is accusing Disney of violating might have already been violated if the family members watched older, non-R-rated Disney films.

Do you think that Disney+ should not have any R-rated movies or shows available, even with the presence of the parental controls that are in place?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!