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The Muppet Show given content warnings on Disney Plus over ‘negative depictions of stereotypes’

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Disney adds content warning ahead of Muppets
The Muppets comes with a content warning on Disney Plus (Picture: Jim Henson)

The Muppet Show has had a content warning added to the start of each episode to mark its historical content. 

The entire collection of the kids’ TV show, which first launched in 1976, was made available on Disney Plus on Friday. 

But, like a group of other classic films and programmes such as Dumbo and Peter Pan, the show opens with a five-second screener giving context to what’s being aired. 

The disclaimer, first reported by Daily Mail, reads: ‘This programme includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. 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.’ 

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The show is also only accessible via adult profiles instead of the childrens’ ones. 

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Older episodes of the show have previously featured offensive stereotypes (Picture: Rex)
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Disney want to ‘acknowledge the harmful impact’ past episodes could have had (Picture: Disney)

It’s believed that some of the offensive material includes stereotypes of specific nationalities and races, including Native Americans and East Asians. 

Johnny Cash also performed on the educational series with a Confederate flag behind him. 

The content warning comes as part of Disney’s Stories Matter campaign, which launched last October. 

Its mission statement reads: ‘Stories shape how we see ourselves and everyone around us. So as storytellers, we have the power and responsibility to not only uplift and inspire, but also consciously, purposefully and relentlessly champion the spectrum of voices and perspectives in our world.

‘Because happily ever after doesn’t just happen. It takes effort. Effort we are making.’ 

Metro.co.uk has contacted Disney Plus for further comment.

The Muppet Show is available on Disney Plus.

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