The Muppets, fictional hand-puppets that have been entertaining adults and children alike since 1955, are suddenly “offensive.”
Disney released five seasons of the iconic “The Muppet Show” on its Disney+ streaming service on Friday. Viewers quickly noticed that there is an “offensive content” disclaimer before the beloved sitcom featuring celebrated puppets such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Gonzo.
“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” the disclaimer states. “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,” the warning reads.
“Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe,” the statement concludes.
Disclaimer Disney+ displays before you can stream The Muppet Show. pic.twitter.com/afh3zGhX67
— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) February 19, 2021
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