The platform, which began streaming the family variety show on February 19, has warned 18 of the 120 episodes seen on the streaming service about “negative portrayals and / or abuse of people or cultures”.
The disclaimer reads: “These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Instead of removing this content, we want to recognize its harmful effects, learn from it, and stimulate conversation so that together we can create a broader future. “
The eleven-time Emmy winning show ran for five seasons between 1976 and 1981.
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According to Variety, episodes hosted by Steve Martin, Johnny Cash, Peter Sellers, Kenny Rogers, and Debbie Harry are among those starting the disclaimer now.
As The Guardian found out, one Reddit user shared his thoughts on why the content warning was specifically applied to these 18 episodes.
“As a show from the late 70s / early 80s, it’s no surprise The Muppet Show has a lot of problematic moments when it comes to portraying certain cultures,” wrote the user behind the thread.
Disney + has added an on-screen notice to films that contain “negative depictions and / or abuse of people or cultures”.
The message appears in front of several films including Lady and the Tramp, Jungle Book Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and the Swiss Robinson Family. pic.twitter.com/C9m2wOgQ7i
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They further explain that in an episode hosted by Cash, the disclaimer was likely added because the country legend appeared before a Confederate flag that has connotations of white supremacy.
Another part shows the Irish actor Spike Milligan, who is dressed in various caricatured and offensive costumes for his performance of “It’s a Small World”.
This is not the first time the disclaimer has been added to shows on the streaming platform.
The same substantive warning opens Lady and the Tramp, the Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Aristocats, Dumbo and the Swiss Robinson family.