Netflix Changes Description of Pocahontas Following Controversy


Netflix has changed their description of Disney’s 1995 animated feature Pocahontas following a controversy.

The description originally was,”An American Indian woman is supposed to marry the village’s best warrior, but she yearns for something more — and soon meets Capt. John Smith.”

Following complaints by American Indian writer Adrienne Keene, the streaming service has changed the description of the film which now reads:

“A young American Indian girl tries to follow her heart and protect her tribe when settlers arrive and threaten the land she loves.”

For what its worth, Disney’s streaming service, DMA, describes the film as follows:

“Bursting with all the “Colors of the Wind,” “Pocahontas” tells the story of a free-spirited girl who wonders what adventures await “Just Around the Riverbend”. Pocahontas – along with her playful pals Meeko and Flit – relies on the guidance of her loving and wise Grandmother Willow when English settlers arrive on the shores of their village. Her chance meeting with the courageous Captain John Smith leads to a beautiful friendship that bridges the gap between two cultures, and changes history”