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Disney Plus adds a (very small) content warning to its Obi-Wan page

Obi Wan Kenobi

Obi Wan Kenobi
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Disney+ has added a content disclaimer to the landing page of its new star wars series Obi Wan Kenobi, Variety reports. The post, noting that “There are certain scenes in this fictional series that some viewers may find upsetting” doesn’t go past the show itself—in the spotlight content warning that Netflix put in front the recent stranger things first in light of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas earlier this week, but is placed in the “Details” tab of the show’s homepage on the streaming service.

Although Disney hasn’t made any official statement, the disclaimer presumably refers to the opening scene of the new star wars series, which briefly describes in more detail the attack on the Jedi Temple of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Since the footage in question shows a Jedi professor being shot by armed invaders while trying to protect elementary students who are forced to flee for their lives, it’s not hard to see why viewers of the series have drawn unfortunate parallels between the scene and the tragedy in Texas.

Interesting way, Variety notes that Disney seems to have tweaked the message on the Obi Wan landing page; an earlier version apparently read“Although this fictional series is a continuation of the story of star wars films shot many years ago, some scenes may upset viewers in light of recent tragic events. Warning: Contains violence involving children. The new version removes both the reference to “recent tragic events” and the slightly defensive assertion that the show is simply recreating events from a 17-year-old film. The two messages contrast with the stranger things warning, which explicitly mentions the violence in Texas and expresses sympathy for those affected by it.

Obi Wan Kenobi first aired its first two episodes on Disney+ yesterday.