The Muppet Show seems to be the newest sufferer of political correctness with new warnings over its historic content material.
The adventures of Kermit the Frog, Animal, Miss Piggy and pals now come with an alert about ‘offensive content material’ and may solely be seen on an grownup account.
The transfer got here to gentle when Disney made 5 sequence obtainable final Friday on its streaming service, which prices £5.99 a month.
The adventures of Kermit the Frog, Animal, Miss Piggy and pals now come with an alert about ‘offensive content material’ and may solely be seen on an grownup account
Viewers are greeted with the disclaimer: ‘This programme consists of unfavourable depictions and/or mistreatment of individuals or cultures. These stereotypes had been fallacious then and are fallacious now.
‘Rather than take away this content material, we wish to acknowledge its dangerous influence, be taught from it and spark dialog to create a extra inclusive future collectively.’
The warning is believed to consult with Muppet characters designed as stereotypes of Native Americans, Arabs and East Asians.
In one other episode, the singer Johnny Cash performs on a stage adorned with the Confederate flag.
Some episodes of the present, which was first broadcast 45 years in the past, have disappeared fully from British screens.
The transfer got here to gentle when Disney made 5 sequence obtainable final Friday on its streaming service, which prices £5.99 a month
They embrace a 1979 one starring comic Spike Milligan through which he and the puppets pay tribute to the 108 nations the place the present was broadcast.
It depicted nationwide stereotypes and polarised viewers for its fleeting use of a Nazi-style gesture. It continues to be obtainable to American customers of Disney Plus.
Some followers of the sequence created by puppeteer Jim Henson should not comfortable with the censorship, with one tweeting: ‘It’s so irritating to reside in a ‘free’ nation the place firms can resolve what you possibly can and may’t watch.’
Disney says on its web site it’s ‘dedicated to creating tales with inspirational and aspirational themes that mirror the variety of the human expertise across the globe’. It declined to remark to The Mail on Sunday.
Other household movies to hold the warning embrace The Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan and Swiss Family Robinson.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen mentioned: ‘I want to know which bunch of muppets thought this one up. It would seem if this continues children will not be capable to watch any TV programmes which aren’t newly made. Is nothing protected?’
Sarah Cronin-Stanley, of Talking Pictures TV, added: ‘Context is vital. We shouldn’t eradicate historical past as now we have a lot to be taught from it.’