Fox News dedicated multiple segments Monday morning to complaining that The Muppets are the latest victim of the “cancellation culture” because Disney’s streaming service has added a short warning to 18 episodes of The Muppet Show warning about potentially offensive content.
Last week, Disney + began adding the disclaimer to the classic television show, which originally aired in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The 12-second message notes that “the show includes negative depictions and / or mistreatment of people or cultures “, adding that, although the content remains intact,” they want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark a conversation to create a future together. “
One of the older episodes marked with the disclaimer, for example, shows singer Johnny Cash performing in front of a Confederate battle flag, which has become a symbol of white nationalism and white supremacy. the Los Angeles Times reported that the disclaimer was added to other episodes with negative and stereotypical portrayals of Native Americans and people from the Middle East.
Despite Disney + not removing any episodes or even censoring the broadcasts in question, Fox hosts and guests breathlessly portrayed this decision on Monday as the latest example of “awakened” liberalism participating in the “culture of cancellation. “.
“I do not remember The Muppets be offensive. Here we are again with the culture of cancellation, ”exclaimed Fox News contributor Joe Concha on Fox and his friends first, kicking off the network’s predictable cycle of outrage.
During a later interview with frequent guest senator Tom Cotton, who has made stopping the “cancellation of culture” one of his favorite problems, Fox and friends Co-host Steve Doocy asked the Arkansas Republican and the potential 2024 presidential candidate to participate.
“Total Mickey Mouse move, guys,” Cotton teased, before making a clumsy, clarifying transition on why Muppet news is actually an extremely serious problem.
“Seriously, Disney is putting these kinds of disclaimers The muppets, not remove them from Disney + because they don’t want to lose subscriber revenue, ”he added. But at the same time last year, they thanked an agency of the Chinese Communist Party that is responsible for the concentration camps for helping them make a movie. It’s outrageous and horrifying. “
Co-host Brian Kilmeade then chimed in and asked sarcastically, “Do you think we’ll have a commission from the Muppets to see this, would it be bipartisan?”
Cotton, meanwhile, noted that “it’s not just The Muppets, ”Raising the fact that Disney + has added similar disclaimers to other content on its platform. All of this, the senator complained, while Disney “still wants $ 12.99 a month.” (Over the past few months, Disney + has added warnings to various old movies like Peter Pan Y Dumbo due to the culturally or racially insensitive representations they contain. Meanwhile, the movies themselves remain raw and available for full viewing on the service.)
From there, the controversial call would continue to receive hourly coverage on Fox’s programming.
Both Fox News and its sister network Fox Business aired multiple segments about the disclaimer, with FBN host Stuart Varney exclaiming at one point that “we don’t even The Muppets they are safe from the awake mob. “
He added incredulously, “You think that ?!”
On America press roomMeanwhile, the chyron read “Cancel culture is coming for ‘The Muppet Show'” while host Bill Hemmer wondered aloud if Disney was “after Miss Piggy” and if she was “on the list.”
While she said she preferred that Disney add the disclaimer rather than “cancel” the show, Fox News host Carley Shimkus said she also understood why people “wonder when it will end” because “Disney has gone back. so damn political. “
The segment concluded with the hosts wondering aloud if another series based on the Muppets would be the next victim.
“We arrive to Sesame Street Yet? “Hemmer asked.
“They could probably find something in Sesame Street“Intervened news anchor Dana Perino.