Netflix Changes Sexist “Pocahontas” Synopsis

Netflix has reportedly re-written its description of Disney’s animated classic “Pocahontas” on its streaming service in response to claims that the previous description reeked of sexism. The synopsis in question said:

“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.”

An awkward and not particularly accurate take on the story to be sure. Native Appropriations wrote a blog posting a few weeks ago where the writer said she wished Netflix would treat female characters like male ones in their descriptions and took umbrage with the “Pocahontas” synopsis in particular:

“It overly sexualizes the film, and only positions Pocahontas in relation to her romantic options, not as a human being, you know, doing things.”

A week later, she reportedly received an email from Netflix announcing they had changed their description:

“We do our best to accurately portray the plot and tone of the content we’re presenting, and in this case you were right to point out that we could do better. The synopsis has been updated to better reflect Pocahontas’ active role and to remove the suggestion that John Smith was her ultimate goal.”

The description 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.”

The writer says the point of calling out the service on this was “to draw attention to the importance of the words we use, and the ways that insidious stereotypes and harmful representations sneak in to our everyday lives.”

Source: THR