After recently backtracking on many of their traditional movies and TV shows, Disney has now slapped an "offensive content" disclaimer on The Muppet Show - but as for the reason why, opinions are seriously divided.
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Now, it's impossible to deny that many of Disney's movies simply don't hold up well today...
Especially when it comes to how they treat women, people of color, and queer people.
And, in recent years, more and more people have been calling out these movies for being a little problematic.
For instance, the 1995 movie Pocahontas - which is loosely based on the life of the real-life Native American woman - has been accused of whitewashing her history.
Peter Pan has also faced controversy for its portrayal of Native Americans.
Of course, these are far from the only movies to raise eyebrows...
The Aristocats has also been singled out as of late...
Some of the cats were accused to have been appropriating "yellowface" - many believe that the Siamese cats were used to play off the racist stereotype that East Asian people are sneaky and devious.
Several people have also called out how long it took Disney to feature a Black princess.
via: imdbIt wasn't until 2009 that The Princess and the Frog hit screens - marking the first POC princess.
So, when Disney + launched, there was some serious damage-control to be done.
Initially, a message was included ahead of some classic movies warning that they "may include outdated cultural depictions."
But it seems the streaming service felt like that wasn't enough.
That's right, they didn't end there.
Disney + then issued a fresh warning message for these movies before people sit down to watch.
When attempting to stream the movies, viewers are shown a message that reads:
"This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures," the warning says. "These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now."
The warning continues:
via: Shutterstock"We want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it, and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together."
Quite reasonable for the movies with obvious racial issues, right?
Well, the latest movie to be slapped with the warning has ruffled plenty of feathers online because, according to many, it simply isn't offensive.
The Muppet Show, which initially aired in 1976, has been deemed as problematic enough to require the "offensive content" warning on the streaming service.
Yep, anyone who streams the iconic show on Disney+ will see a declaimer first - warning of "offensive content."
The disclaimer says:
"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."
Some people agree that The Muppet Show is "definitely a product of its time"...
I don’t know who needs to hear this but The Muppet Show had a lot of adult themes and is DEFINITELY a product of its time. Saying it has “offensive content” isn’t canceling anything, just being fair to the times.— Joe (@anagingpunk) February 22, 2021
Sincerely, someone who loves the Muppets and Jim Henson
And thus requires a warning.
This is interesting. I didn't even notice it when I started playing. Sign of the times.https://t.co/2dGWGW7TZZ— For Schnitz and Giggles (@SchnitzAndGrins) February 22, 2021
I'd be surprised if anyone was deeply offended by the stereotypes presented in the Muppet Show but it's a benign and sensible precaution for Disney to have a content warning for select episodes of a variety show from the 70s.— Jellicle Josh (@joshuamartian) February 22, 2021
The episodes are still available unedited btw. pic.twitter.com/dd157Mp6hF
However, the majority of viewers are outraged by Disney's decision...
This is too much. We've finally stepped over the line of idiocy. Apparently the Muppets kids program has been branded as containing offensive content!— Wally Farfusinski (@wfarfus) February 21, 2021
With some slamming it as "woke idiocy."
Disney put a content warning on The Muppet Show. Disney, you lock your offensive shit away and call it a "vault". The Muppet Show had zero malice, and a massively diverse cast and crew. RIP Jim. Disney, the Muppets are better than you.— MAGE SENTRON 🏳️🌈 (@MageSentron) February 22, 2021
Now, I know what you're thinking - why has such a popular TV show been deemed as so offensive?
Well, it's unstated precisely what Disney considers to be offensive on the show, but some characters depict Native American, Middle Eastern, and Asian people.
What do you think?
Are Disney right in adding a warning? Or should The Muppet Show be excluded from their evaluation of classics?