The Muppet Show, Disney+ made the option to include offensive content disclaimers before some episodes. The famous Jim Henson variety show has made its return. Via Disney’s subscription streaming service after ending its five-season run in 1981. It’s been a long wait for fans to get back to this point, despite the recent reworking of the franchise.
Back in 2011, when The Muppets proved to be a satisfying box office success. It appeared as if the famous puppets had once again made their way into the hearts of the people. But the release of a sequel in 2014 failed to equal the acclaim of the first film. And no new Muppets features have arrived since then. The same could be said for efforts, in the spirit of the original Muppet Show. To create a new Muppet-themed variety show.
After one season, the series was canceled. Leading others to conclude that the Muppets just can’t regain the fame they once had. After all, the age in which the Muppets first found success is easy to point out. And argue that it was a simpler period when puppets had great entertainment value. It seems like even the most innocent forms of entertainment can be profoundly influenced by the passage of time.
The return of The Muppet Show has also brought with it the challenge for Disney. To cope with societal expectations that are no longer appropriate today. Variety notes that Disney+ has agreed to add a disclaimer that appears prior to the beginning of 18 of its Muppet Show episodes. Although the return of the series is greeted with joy. The disclaimer seeks to help kickstart discussions about the Muppet Show’s negative or divisive elements.
The Statement Reads As Follows:
“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. 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 does not define the controversial content of these series, including guest stars. Such as comedians Peter Sellers and Steve Martin. As well as musicians Kenny Rogers, Joan Baez, and Johnny Cash. The Johnny Cash segment, however, while not making it clear what is unacceptable in the episodes. Shows the popular country singer performing in front of a Confederate flag, something that is troublesome. In recent months, the issue of how to deal with negative material in classic TV and movies has been a constant problem. With some networks even axing contentious episodes entirely.
The step to send some episodes of The Muppet Show a blanket notice might strike some. As nothing more than Disney’s lip service. The premium streaming service has left it up to audiences to determine what is and is not offensive. Instead of taking responsibility for what they are broadcasting. However, the truth of the matter is that the entire removal of the material does little to solve the problem. Nor does it provide an outlet for questions and debate. Parents will be better prepared for the material and behave appropriately, with an alert. Disney+ has made the most diplomatic move possible on the issue, given the circumstances.