The Muppet Show is currently streaming on Disney + with an offensive content disclaimer, warning viewers of potentially offensive material. Originally broadcast in 1976 and 1981, the Muppet-hosted variety show has long been a favorite for fans of all ages, although the series and its subsequent incarnations have always been particularly popular with children.
This week, The Muppet Show made it to Disney + with all five seasons, but the classic program is now accompanied by the disclaimer.
“This program contains negative images and / or mistreatment of people or cultures,” the statement read. “These stereotypes were wrong then and are now wrong. Rather than removing this content, we want to recognize its damaging impact, learn from it and spark a conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to storytelling with inspiring and ambitious themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the world. “
It does not specifically state which scenes from the series deemed the disclaimer necessary, but the series has featured Native American, Middle Eastern, and Asian characters. There is also a scene in one episode with country singer Johnny Cash performing for a Confederate flag, an act for which singer Luke Combs recently apologized.
Posting a disclaimer on the show is not a new practice at Disney +. The streamer had previously placed disclaimers at the start of several classic animated films to warn viewers of “ outdated cultural images. ” Last month, Disney + took it one step further by removing many of these movies from children’s profiles, such as Dumbo Peter Pan The Lady and the Tramp, and The Jungle BookThe titles are still available to view on adult profiles with a disclaimer.
In the meantime, some episodes are missing from the five-season line-up The Muppet Show on Disney +, but not for these reasons. Fans have noticed that two episodes from Season 5, featuring guest stars Brooke Shields and Chris Langham, are unavailable to watch. Another Season 2 episode starring Don Knotts has also been heavily edited. A Disney + rep recently told EW that this was due to problems securing the music rights, which prevented most series from being released on home video for years.
Film directed by Jim Henson, The Muppet Show is hosted by Kermit the Frog and features many of its Muppet friends such as Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great, Fozzie Bear, Rowlf the Dog, Scooter and Animal. Along with Henson, the cast included Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Steve Whitmire, and Kathryn Mullen. The hit show was nominated for 21 Primetime Emmy Awards with four wins, including a major win in 1978 for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series.
With the disclaimer, you can now watch seasons 1-5 of it The Muppet Show on Disney +. The latest version of the series, Muppets now, is also available to watch on the streamer after its debut last year. The series has a similar variety show format with many special guests, but those who prefer the original can fall back on the five seasons of the first incarnation.
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