If you’ve been checking out new films and series on Disney+, you may have noticed a content warning on one of everyone’s favorite series. What do you think of these labels?
Shortly after Disney+ launched at the end of 2019, we noticed some classic animated films carried content warnings. Films like Peter Pan, Dumbo, and Lady and the Tramp had warnings that outdated cultural references and tobacco use are depicted in the film. You can read our original post HERE.
A few months ago, Disney+ added longer warnings to certain films. For example, previous warnings just mentioned that the film is presented as originally created and had tobacco use/outdated cultural depictions.
The films now have a longer warning on the details section of the preview. Additionally, it shows again at the start of the film.
Disney even removed films with those warnings from child profiles. You can read our full story HERE.
New Content Warning on The Muppet Show
One of everyone’s favorite series, The Muppet Show, recently debuted on Disney+. That’s right, all 5 seasons that aired from 1976 to 1981 are available on the streaming service!
So many fans shared their excitement regarding this news! Many claim the Muppets are under-represented in the theme parks and that Disney is slowly getting rid of them.
But, why the content warning? Well, each episode has the warning for various reasons. For example, Johnny Cash is singing in front of a Confederate flag in one of the later episodes. There are also some negative depictions of various cultures.
A few of the episodes are left out entirely, but as I understand it at least one of those has to do with the fact that Disney doesn’t own the music in the episode.
Content Warning Language
If you’re curious what the warning says in full, check it out below:
The 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 is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.
To learn more about how stories have impacted society visit: www.disney.com/storiesmatter