According to Disney, "The warning is believed to refer to Muppet characters designed as stereotypes of Native Americans, Arabs and East Asians."
Disney has just announced that The Muppet Show — featuring Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, and Miss Piggy contains "offensive content." Now, the show can only be on seen as adult content and the disclaimer appears on the streaming service. Disney recently made five series of the show available as the message, which cannot be skipped, read: "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now," the Daily Mail reported.
"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. 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 continued. "The warning is believed to refer to Muppet characters designed as stereotypes of Native Americans, Arabs and East Asians," it added.
However, fans aren't exactly thrilled with this. One wrote, "It's so frustrating to live in a 'free' country where corporations can decide what you can and can't watch." Another noted, "I agree. This is getting crazier by the day. Our children will grow up like fragile dolls. They need to be exposed to things just as we were growing up. That's how they learn to accept differences and to survive the tough times."
“Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact...” I am deeply liberal and even I find this insane- and funny. The Muppet Show’s harmful impact? Was Kermit a misogynist? #CancelKermit pic.twitter.com/XyDv6Fbfyq— Felicia Consuelo 🌹 (@FeliConsuelo112) February 21, 2021
A third said: "I’m surprised the internet hasn’t tried Cancelling the Muppets’ Swedish Chef yet, since every and anything is offensive now.". Another added: "Nothing screams offensive like fury puppets. When I think of a cultural danger to society, it’s obviously Jim Henson’s Muppets."
Fucking around with Ernie and Bert wasn't enough huh? Now it's Miss Piggy & Kermit the frog...God almighty, I am so SICK & TIRED of special groups, governments, teachers, MSM, Political Parties and anyone the hell else out there trying to indoctrinate me of what's right or wrong!— Real Canadian (@RealFromCanada) February 21, 2021
Back in January, Disney had restricted children under the age of 7 from watching a few animated movies which are immensely popular. Some of them were Peter Pan, Dumbo, and The Aristocats over concerns of depicting racial stereotypes. According to Disney, Peter Pan, which originally aired in 1953, "portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions," the company said.
This woke attitude reflects a need for an updated mental health evaluation system. People who get offended by big bird, doctor rock have no business determining anything for anyone.— jeff haas (@jeffhaa91281939) February 22, 2021
On Dumbo, Disney said: "The crows and musical numbers pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. In 'The Song of the Roustabouts,' faceless Black workers toil away to offensive lyrics like 'When we get our pay, we throw our money all away.'"
"As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures," the site says. "We can’t change the past, but we can acknowledge it, learn from it, and move forward together to create a tomorrow that today can only dream of." "Parents were left dumbfounded after trying to watch the films on Disney’s" $6.99 a month service, The Sun reported. "One said: 'I wanted to watch Peter Pan with my daughter, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Then I realized they had all gone – they had been removed from the kids' accounts. It was shocking.' "
This is getting ridiculous especially since anything Disney has before 2020 they keep slapping warnings on.— Malphunkson™ 💬 🥝🇳🇿 (@malphunkson) February 21, 2021
So, maybe they should just switch off the stream..?