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Disney Brands The Muppets Racist, Adds 'Offensive Content' Warning to Shows

'Woke' streaming service restricts popular kids show to 'adults only'

 on 23rd February 2021 @ 12.00pm
the muppets   offensive content  can now only be viewed by adults on disney © press
The Muppets' 'offensive content' can now only be viewed by adults on Disney

The Muppets has become the latest victim of the "woke" mob after Disney branded the show racist and added "offensive content" warnings to the beginning of each episode.

The popular decades-old kids' puppet show has also been restricted to adult accounts only on the Disney Plus streaming service.

According to Disney, the adventures of Kermit the Frog, Animal, Miss Piggy, and friends now have a "harmful impact" that we must "learn from."

The network made five series of the show available in the UK last Friday but warned paying customers they have a responsibility "to create a more inclusive future" if they watch it.

Viewers are greeted with the disclaimer: "This programme includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.

"These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now."

disney plus added the warning at the beginning of popular kids  shows © press
Disney Plus added the warning at the beginning of popular kids' shows

"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 disclaimer adds.

The warning is believed to refer to Muppet characters designed as stereotypes of Native Americans, Arabs, and East Asians, according to The Daily Mail.

In another episode, the singer Johnny Cash plays on a stage adorned with the Confederate flag.

Some episodes of the show, which was first broadcast 45 years ago, have disappeared entirely from British screens.

They include a 1979 one starring comedian Spike Milligan in which he and the puppets pay tribute to the 108 nations where the show was broadcast.

It depicted national stereotypes and polarised viewers for its fleeting use of a Nazi-style gesture.

It is still available to American users of Disney Plus.

Some fans of the series, created by puppeteer Jim Henson, are not happy with the censorship, with one tweeting: "It's so frustrating to live in a 'free' country where corporations can decide what you can and can't watch."

one  offensive  episode features johnny cash playing on a adorned with a confederate flag © press
One 'offensive' episode features Johnny Cash playing on a adorned with a Confederate flag

And other Twitter users were left dumbfounded after spotting the warning.

One wrote: “I remember when people had a sense of humour.”

And another said: “Quit taking everything out of context and so seriously.

“It’s the Muppets for god’s sake!”

Disney says on its website it is "committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the diversity of the human experience around the globe."

It comes after parents were left stunned when the streaming service blocked children under seven from watching Peter PanDumbo and The Aristocats over concerns they show racist stereotypes.

Disney+ declared Peter Pan, released in 1953, portrayed offensive stereotypes that were inappropriate to those under seven.

The film giant implemented a revised content advisory in October over issues surrounding racial stereotypes.

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