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Ryan Reynolds makes hilariously good case why Disney classics like 'Bambi' should be rated R

Fans chimed in with their own funny additions to re-thinking the Disney classics.

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Disney's "Bambi" (1942) and actor Ryan Reynolds.

Disney+ recently announced that it will add some R-rated movies to the streaming service for the first time, including "Deadpool," "Deadpool 2" and "Logan." Previously, the service only featured films rated PG-13 and below.

The site has also added some streaming shows intended for adult audiences such as "Daredevil," "The Punisher" and "Jessica Jones."

Ryan Reynolds, the star of “Deadpool,” announced the addition of the films on Twitter. But he also joked that some of Disney’s classic animated films that are rated G should earn an R rating for “irreversible trauma,” including “Snow White,” “Old Yeller,” “The Lion King,” and “Bambi.”


​He called out “Snow White” because he’s pretty sure the diamonds aren't "cruelty free" and for "borderline polyandry" between Snow White and the dwarves. "Old Yeller" deserves an R rating for the "ugly-cry inducing straight-up murder" of the titular dog. "Bambi" should be reconsidered for the “cold-blooded killing of an innocent deer mom." Finally, he says "The Lion King" should have a harder rating because of "fratricide" and "mauling."

A lot of people responded that they still haven’t gotten over the death of Bambi’s mother.

Others chimed in with Disney films they believe should be rated R for traumatizing them as children.

Reynolds could have easily added “Return to Oz” to the list of Disney films that caused “irreversible trauma” to children. Back in 1985, kids flocked to theaters to see what they thought was a sequel to “The Wizard of Oz” but what they got was a Dorothy forced into shock therapy because she can’t stop thinking of Oz.

When she gets back to Oz, the Emerald City is in shambles, her friends have been turned to stone and she gets chased by a freaky group of people called Wheelers.

To make things even worse she then gets kidnapped by a headless witch named Mombi. Mombi has a collection of heads that she wears depending on her mood.

Eventually, she has to confront an evil king made out of stone who threatens to turn Dorothy into a knick-knack.

While we're at it, Disney should also revisit its 1979 answer to “Star Wars,” “The Black Hole.” One would think that a Disney space opera would be a blast. But instead of being a swashbuckling adventure, it’s a haunted house film about a ghost ship run by zombies on the precipice of being sucked into a black hole.

The biggest name in the film is Anthony Perkins, best known as Norman Bates from the “Psycho” films. Not exactly Harrison Ford. But he dies pretty early after having his chest carved open with spinning blades by Maximillian, the bad guy’s evil henchman.

The film also boasts the first uses of the words “damn” and “hell” in a Disney film.

Spoiler alert: The film ends with everyone getting sucked into the black hole. The good guys wind up in a place that looks like heaven and the bad guys end up in a place that’s right out of “Dante’s Inferno.” Enjoy yourself, kids!

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14 things that will remain fun no matter how old you get

Your inner child will thank you for doing at least one of these.

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Swings can turn 80-year-olds into 8-year-olds in less that two seconds.

When we’re kids, fun comes so easily. You have coloring books and team sports and daily recess … so many opportunities to laugh, play and explore. As we get older, these activities get replaced by routine and responsibility (and yes, at times, survival). Adulthood, yuck.

Many of us want to have more fun, but making time for it still doesn’t come as easily as it did when we were kids—whether that’s because of guilt, a long list of other priorities or because we don’t feel it’s an age-appropriate thing to long for.

Luckily, we’ve come to realize that fun isn’t just a luxury of childhood, but really a vital aspect of living well—like reducing stress, balancing hormone levels and even improving relationships.

More and more people of all ages are letting their inner kids out to play, and the feelings are delightfully infectious.

You might be wanting to instill a little more childlike wonder into your own life, and not sure where to start. Never fear, the internet is here. Reddit user SetsunaSaigami asked people, “What always remains fun no matter how old you get?” People’s (surprisingly profound) answers were great reminders that no matter how complex our lives become, simple joy will always be important.

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Adewole Adamson, MD, of the University of Texas, Austin, aims to create more equity in health care by gathering data from more diverse populations by using artificial intelligence (AI), a type of machine learning. Dr. Adamson’s work is funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), an organization committed to advancing health equity through research priorities, programs and services for groups who have been marginalized.

Melanoma became a particular focus for Dr. Adamson after meeting Avery Smith, who lost his wife—a Black woman—to the deadly disease.

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This personal encounter, coupled with multiple conversations with Black dermatology patients, drove Dr. Adamson to a concerning discovery: as advanced as AI is at detecting possible skin cancers, it is heavily biased.

To understand this bias, it helps to first know how AI works in the early detection of skin cancer, which Dr. Adamson explains in his paper for the New England Journal of Medicine (paywall). The process uses computers that rely on sets of accumulated data to learn what healthy or unhealthy skin looks like and then create an algorithm to predict diagnoses based on those data sets.

This process, known as supervised learning, could lead to huge benefits in preventive care.

After all, early detection is key to better outcomes. The problem is that the data sets don’t include enough information about darker skin tones. As Adamson put it, “everything is viewed through a ‘white lens.’”

“If you don’t teach the algorithm with a diverse set of images, then that algorithm won’t work out in the public that is diverse,” writes Adamson in a study he co-wrote with Smith (according to a story in The Atlantic). “So there’s risk, then, for people with skin of color to fall through the cracks.”

Tragically, Smith’s wife was diagnosed with melanoma too late and paid the ultimate price for it. And she was not an anomaly—though the disease is more common for White patients, Black cancer patients are far more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, causing a notable disparity in survival rates between non-Hispanics whites (90%) and non-Hispanic blacks (66%).

As a computer scientist, Smith suspected this racial bias and reached out to Adamson, hoping a Black dermatologist would have more diverse data sets. Though Adamson didn’t have what Smith was initially looking for, this realization ignited a personal mission to investigate and reduce disparities.

Now, Adamson uses the knowledge gained through his years of research to help advance the fight for health equity. To him, that means not only gaining a wider array of data sets, but also having more conversations with patients to understand how socioeconomic status impacts the level and efficiency of care.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is how we help patients at the patient level,” Adamson told Upworthy. “And how can you do that without knowing exactly what barriers they face?”

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The American Cancer Society believes everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer—regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Inclusive tools and resources on the Health Equity section of their website can be found here. For more information about skin cancer, visit cancer.org/skincancer.

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