The platform which began streaming the family variety show on 19 February has added a warning of “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures” to 18 of the 120 episodes available to watch on the streaming service.
The disclaimer reads: “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.”
The 11-time Emmy winning show ran for five seasons between 1976 and 1981.
According to Variety, episodes hosted by Steve Martin, Johnny Cash, Peter Sellers, Kenny Rogers, and Debbie Harry are among those that now begin with the disclaimer.
As found by The Guardian, one Reddit user has offered their thoughts on why the content warning was applied to those 18 episodes specifically.
“Being a show from the late 70s/early 80s, it’s no surprise that The Muppet Show has plenty of problematic moments, when it comes to its depictions of certain cultures,” wrote the user behind the thread.
Disney+ has added an on-screen content advisory to films that include “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.”
The message displays prior to several films including Lady and the Tramp, Jungle Book Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Swiss Family Robinson. pic.twitter.com/C9m2wOgQ7i
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) October 15, 2020
They go on to explain that one episode hosted by Cash likely had the disclaimer added because it saw the country legend perform in front of a Confederate flag, which has connotations with white supremacy.
Another instalment features Irish actor Spike Milligan dressed up in a variety of caricatured and offensive national costumes as part of 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 content advisory warning opens Lady and the Tramp, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Aristocats, Dumbo and Swiss Family Robinson.