Disney+ Adds “Negative Depictions” Disclaimer To ‘The Muppet Show’


Disney+ has added a content disclaimer to The Muppet Show.

On the series’ page, the platform issued an advisory note that the program “includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.”

“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” the disclaimer reads. “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,” the disclaimer continues. “To learn more about how stories have impacted society visit: www.Disney.com/StoriesMatter.”

Disney’s Stories Matter initiative states that the streaming platform is “in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures.” “Rather than removing this content, we see an opportunity to spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects us all. We also want to acknowledge that some communities have been erased or forgotten altogether, and we’re committed to giving voice to their stories as well,” the initiative states.

Five seasons of The Muppet Show, which aired from 1977 to 1981, became available to stream on Disney+ on Friday.

Other titles receiving an advisory include Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Swiss Family Robinson.