Five seasons of ‘The Muppet Show’ appeared on the Disney+ streaming service on Friday night but many viewers were shocked to discover that one of their childhood favorites is now considered “offensive content.”
According to a warning from Disney, the show features “stereotypes” and “mistreatment of people or cultures.”
“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” the roughly 300 billion-dollar corporate giant declared.
“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.”
No references are made to what specifically Disney considers to be offensive about the show’s content, though it does depict minorities including Asians and people from the Middle East, as well as featuring a homeless character named “Oscar the grouch” who lives in a trash can.
In season five, singer Johnny Cash also performs in front of a confederate flag.
“Even the Muppets are now ‘offensive.’ Anyone watching ‘The Muppet Show’ on Disney+ will first see a warning against ‘offensive content.’ It’s time to pack up, seriously,”wrote one baffled Twitter user.
the disney plus content warning screen is a 1 edged sword because not only is it functionally pretty useless but now i spend whole episodes of the muppet show sitting on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what they’re copping out of
— BananaLugosi’sBread (@upstartgeek) February 21, 2021
Others online were apparently lost for words by the decision and opted instead to express their disbelief using gifs from the ground-breaking and wildly popular show.
The “offensive content” warning also appears before the films “Aristocats,” “Dumbo,” “Peter Pan,” and “Swiss Family Robinson” on the streaming service.
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