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Disney+ warns viewers that 'The Muppet Show' includes offensive content

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Disney+ is warning viewers that some episodes of "The Muppet Show" feature "negative depictions" and "mistreatment of people or cultures."

London (CNN Business)Disney+ is warning viewers that some episodes of "The Muppet Show" feature "negative depictions" and "mistreatment of people or cultures. "

The variety show, which ran for 120 episodes in the 1970s and features puppet characters interacting with celebrity guests, was added to Disney's streaming service last week.

Viewers are being shown the warning label before episodes.

Another features folk star Joan Baez doing an Indian accent, while the opening to an episode with Kenny Rogers shows Muppets dressed in Arab garb drilling for oil.

The warning says that rather than removing the episodes, Disney wants to "acknowledge (their) harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future. "

The service already uses the disclaimer on several other films and programs, including "The Aristocats," which uses caricatures of East Asian people, and "Dumbo," which features a musical number that references minstrel shows.

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