Even the Muppets are “offensive” these days.
Anyone streaming “The Muppet Show” on Disney + will first see a declaimer: a warning for “offensive content.”
Disney released five seasons of the iconic show for broadcast on Friday, allowing viewers to enjoy watching Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and their celebrity guests as part of their $ 6.99-a-month service.
The disclaimer shown before each episode cautions viewers that the show features “stereotypes” and “mistreatment of people or cultures.”
“This program includes negative representations and / or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and they are wrong now, ”states the disclaimer.
“Instead of removing this content, we want to acknowledge its damaging impact, learn from it, and spark a conversation to create a more inclusive future together,” disclaimer says.
“Disney is committed to creating inspiring and ambitious themed stories that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the world,” the statement added.
It is not precisely stated what Disney considers offensive in the show, but some characters represent Native Americans, Middle Eastern, and Asians.
And in season five, legendary country singer Johnny Cash is seen performing in front of a Confederate flag.
The warning will also appear before some iconic films, such as “Aristocats”, “Dumbo”, “Peter Pan” and “Swiss Family Robinson”.