Disney Adds ‘Negative Depictions of Cultures’ Warning to Muppets
What do you think of Disney's content warning over 'negative stereotypes'?
by Causes | 2.22.21
What's the story?
Disney+ has added a content warning of “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures" to the beginning of 18 episodes of The Muppet Show.
"These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now."
Disney+ started streaming The Muppets on its platform Friday. Episodes that open with the disclaimer include those hosted by Steve Martin, Johnny Cash, Peter Sellers, Debbie Harry, Spike Milligan, Kenny Rogers, Marty Feldman, and Joan Baez.
Disney+ has not detailed the “negative depictions” that necessitated the content warnings, but likely include:
- Johnny Cash plays in front of the Confederate flag
- Spike Milligan performs "It’s a Small World After All"--as a Chinese person with exaggerated front teeth and a long braid.
- Peter Sellers appears as a "gypsy" wearing a black headscarf with gilded trimmings, a red vest, and a large red satin belt, and sings, in a heavy accent: “Once his love gave him golden earring / And now the ears are turning green"
- Arab Muppets drill for oil in Kenny Rogers' dressing room
The same disclaimer also appears at the start of Lady and the Tramp, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Swiss Family Robinson.
IT: 🩹 Senate passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, and... Should Gov. Cuomo resign?Welcome to Monday, March 8th, queen and worker bees...The Senate passed a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill with zero Republican
by Causes | 3.8.21
Senate Sets Record for Longest Vote as Democrats Scramble to Reach Deal on Unemployment BenefitsWhat’s the story? The Senate on Friday set a new record for the longest vote in the chamber’s history as Democrats struggled to
by Causes | 3.5.21
U.S. Economy Adds 379K Jobs as States Ease Pandemic Restrictions on Restaurants & BarsThis content leverages data from USAFacts, a non-profit that visualizes governmental data. You can learn more on its website,
by Causes | 3.5.21