Disney+ Adds A Content Disclaimer Warning To Some Episodes Of ‘The Muppets’
The Muppet Show has become the latest show added to Disney’s streaming service – but fans of the series got a surprise before some of the episodes.
The 120 episodes of the 1970s variety show, that featured puppets interacting with different celebrity guests, received a warning on some episodes asking viewers to recognize the “negative depictions” and the “mistreatment of people or cultures” that may appear in the show. “These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. 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,” read the warning.
One episode hosted by Johnny Cash, which showed the country singer performing in front of an American and Confederate flags, was given a disclaimer. Another flagged episode featured folk star Joan Baez using an Indian accent to open an episode with Kenny Rogers showing Muppets dressed in Arab clothing drilling for oil.
Disney+ already used the disclaimer on several films on the streaming service, including caricatures of East Asian people in The Aristocats and a musical number in Dumbo that referenced minstrel shows.