A television mainstay of our youth, The Muppet Show, became available on Disney+ this past Friday. However, what's really getting noticed is what appears before the show: a disclaimer about its content.
It cautions the children's show that ran from 1977 to 1981 "includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures."
"These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now," 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," it reads. "To learn more about how stories have impacted society visit: www.Disney.com/StoriesMatter."
As yet, Disney hasn't elaborated on exactly what content and/or characters prompted adding the disclaimer. Two of the original 120 episodes have been omitted from the list, though for clearer reasons.
One featuring Brooke Shields is said to have been withheld due to music licensing issues (not uncommon when old shows are re-released). British comedian Chris Langham appeared in the other unavailable episode, likely due to his 2007 conviction for possessing child porn.
According to HollywoodReporter.com, other Disney titles getting an advisory added include Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan and Swiss Family Robinson.