Parents Group Upset Over Disney+ Change

Parents Group Upset Over Disney Change

The Parents Television and Media Council, a conservative advocacy group founded to “bring back responsibility and family values to the entertainment industry,” has issued an open letter in regards to this coming week’s change to Disney+ service in the United States.

Months ago, Disney+ updated parental controls for its global service outside the U.S. due to the inclusion of the Star section within Disney+ which allowed for adult content to be shown from Hulu, FX, 20th Century Studios and more.

Now, those updated parental controls are coming to the U.S. in time for the service’s update this coming week which will see the various Marvel Netflix series like “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” join the Marvel section of the app.

This will mark the first time TV-MA and borderline R-rated content will be included in the service in the United States which, until now, has generally been relegated to the company’s sister streamer Hulu.

In the letter, the group slams Disney’s decision to release mature content on what has been marketed as a ‘family-friendly’ platform and amusingly asks “what comes next, adding live striptease performances in Fantasyland at Disney World?”. The letter goes on to explain their main issue with this move:

“While we applaud Disney+ for improving their parental controls, the mere presence of MA- and R-rated content violates the trust of families, and may well turn them off entirely. There is no need for Disney+ to compete with the explicit content on other streaming platforms. Disney is already at a competitive advantage with a streaming platform that is the safest one out there for families. Its foray into TV-MA-rated fare will forever tarnish its family-friendly crown.”

The shift to include R-rated fare hasn’t hurt the service overseas where the inclusion of ‘Star’ with all its adult content has seen increased subscriber numbers. There has been speculation that once Comcast sheds itself of its share of Hulu in 2024, then Hulu may be incorporated into the Disney+ app in the U.S. similar to the same way Star is overseas.

For now though, Disney+ is gearing up for those Marvel Netflix series inclusions into its service globally starting from March 16th.

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