Disney Puts 'Offensive' Disclaimer on 'The Muppet Show' | 22 Words

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.

Here's the full story...

Now, it's impossible to deny that many of Disney's movies simply don't hold up well today...

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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.


The 1953 animated movie features characters who are called the offensive term “Indians" and are referred to by the racist slur "redskins."

Of course, these are far from the only movies to raise eyebrows...


What about the racially stereotyped crows in Dumbo?

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.

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It 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.

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Initially, a message was included ahead of some classic movies warning that they "may include outdated cultural depictions."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.

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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:

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"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"...

And thus requires a warning.

However, the majority of viewers are outraged by Disney's decision...

With some slamming it as "woke idiocy."

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?