Mum slams Disney over 'F-word blunder' in family movie

A mother has labelled Disney an 'absolute disgrace' after they denied that one of the characters can clearly be heard saying the F-word in a children's movie.

By Nick Frame
Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 2:42 pm

Emma Reed from Pontefract was left stunned when her four-year-old daughter, Ava, began repeating the word after watching the Disney+ channel.

When she asked where she had learned it, she told her it was said in the 2019 'family' film, Lady and the Tramp.

At first she didn't believe her, so watched the film herself on the £7.99-a-month streaming channel only to be shocked by what she heard.

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Emma with her daughter, Ava.

Emma, 31, said: "Ava came into the kitchen and blurted it out, so I asked where she got it from.

"She told me it was what Lady had said it in Lady and Tramp and I told her she would never say that.

"She got quite upset, so I watched the film and at 36 minutes I heard it. I was just shocked."

"My first reaction was to ring Disney, but got no joy really.

"They rang me back a couple of days later and said they couldn't hear it, and couldn't see how a four-year-old could pick that up from there, but it's obvious.

"I've been trying to drill it into that it's a bad word, but they see it like a game if they are not allowed to say something."

Disney has since told the Express that the character says "Oh, okay".

A Disney spokesperson said: “The title does not include any profanities and any claims to the contrary are simply untrue.”

Emma, who also has an eight-year-old daughter, Mia, said: "It's absolutely disgraceful from Disney.

"I think it should be edited. If my child can pick it up then I'm sure others can.

"It's taken the magic out of Disney, especially for my eight-year-old, it can no longer be seen as innocent or child friendly."