Disney applies “offensive content” disclaimer to “The Muppet Show”

by Peter Heck · Feb 22nd, 2021 8:53 am

Last Updated Feb 23rd, 2021 at 5:27 pm

Jim Henson's classic creation "The Muppets," an entity falling under the Disney company umbrella, is now being tagged with a content warning by the corporate giant.

On Friday, five seasons of "The Muppet Show" were released on the internet streaming service Disney+ that featured an "offensive content" notice before each.

"This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now," Disney says. "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."

It was not immediately clear what portion of the programs Disney found offensive. Some have speculated it is the "objectification" committed by the character "Animal" who enjoys chasing women, or the even the gibberish-speaking "Swedish" Chef.

"The Muppet Show" is just the most recent example in an ever-growing list of Disney content that the company is tagging with such "negative depictions" disclaimers. The classic movies "Dumbo," "Peter Pan," and "The Aristocats" have all received such designations.


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