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Tom and Jerry, once a Saturday morning staple on network television, is now being presented with a lengthy disclaimer on iTunes about the offensive caricatures that inhabit the 74-year-old cartoon show.
“These animated shorts are products of their time. Some of them may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society,” a note reads in the Description section of Tom and Jerry, Vol. 1 iTunes page. “These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While the following does not represent the Warner Bros. view of today’s society, these animated shorts are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.”
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Its unclear when the disclaimer appeared on iTunes. An Apple rep did not yet respond to a request for comment. The disclaimer, and many headlines in the U.S. and the U.K. on similar disclaimers added on additional streaming platforms, has been widely circulated this week.
As has been noted by many outlets, a DVD release of the Warner Bros. cartoon featured Whoopi Goldberg describing a similar disclaimer in what appears to be a YouTube upload in April. A Warner Bros. Home Entertainment rep hasn’t yet responded to a request for clarification on when the disclaimer first appeared.
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