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Disney is embracing a new tool called “GD-IQ: Spellcheck for Bias” in an effort to improve diversity in storytelling.


Imagine if some of Disney’s classic movies were released for the first time today—Song of the South, say, or the original cut of Dumbo, with its infamous Jim Crow scene. Or how about Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, all of which relied on damsel-in-distress tropes. Then there’s Ariel, who was forced to give up her voice to land the man of her dreams. Ursula the Sea Witch even sang, “The men up there don’t like a lot of blabber, they think a girl who gossips is a bore. Yes, on land it’s much preferred for ladies not to say a word,” in her classic but now cringeworthy signature song, “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

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