To better protect the feelings and opinions of its viewers, Disney is now flagging “The Muppet Show” with a cautionary warning label for its alleged “offensive content.”
As the Daily Wire reports, subscribers to the Disney+ service — which Disney offers to compete with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon TV — are now greeted by a disclaimer when they attempt to turn on the iconic show featuring Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, and others.
“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” the disclaimer reads, per the report.
“Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe,” it continues.
Furthermore, the program can only be viewed on an adult account, the Daily Mail points out.
“Now even The Muppets are branded racist,” the report adds.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 21, 2021
According to the report, “The Muppet Show” was first broadcasted 45 years ago and includes a number of questionable references to certain cultures:
The warning is believed to refer to Muppet characters designed as stereotypes of Native Americans, Arabs and East Asians.
In another episode, the singer Johnny Cash plays on a stage adorned with the Confederate flag.
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Some episodes of the show, which was first broadcast 45 years ago, have disappeared entirely from British screens.
They include a 1979 one starring comedian Spike Milligan in which he and the puppets pay tribute to the 108 nations where the show was broadcast.
It depicted national stereotypes and polarised viewers for its fleeting use of a Nazi-style gesture. It is still available to American users of Disney Plus.
More casual viewers of the program piled on the network’s decision in a series of tweets where they described it as “unnecessary” and censorship where “corporations can decide what you can and can’t watch.”
I guess The Three Stooges are definitely "out." https://t.co/EiPcuiBqb9
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 21, 2021