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CEO: Paramount+ won’t censor classic programs ‘with different sensibilities’

Paramount will not censor content it can be offensive in historical movies and TV shows on its streaming service, according to The Guardian.

In an interview with the outlet, Paramount CEO Bob Bakish said Paramount+, a subscription service coming soon to UK households, will leave classic works as they are.

“By definition, you have things that were done in a different time and reflect different sensibilities,” he told the Guardian.

Bakish added, “I don’t believe in censoring art that has been done historically, that’s probably a mistake. It’s all on demand – you don’t have to watch what you don’t want.

Bakish’s comments come as Paramount+, which has previously been active in the US, is set to make its UK debut on Wednesday.

Other streaming services have also chosen not to remove works with outdated content, including Disney+, which has instead added content advisories to classic films depicting racist stereotypes. Among the films with these disclaimers are “Dumbo”, “The Aristocats” and “Peter Pan”.