The streaming service Disney + put the five seasons of the original Muppet Show online last week and added a disclaimer.
This program contains negative representations and / or mishandling of people or cultures. These stereotypes were already wrong then and still are, ‘it says. “We have decided not to remove this content because we want to recognize its damaging effects so that we can learn from it and spark public debate for a more inclusive future for all.”
That warning applies to 18 of the 118 episodes. In one of the episodes, for example, singer Johnny Cash can be seen performing with a Confederate flag on the wall. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/disney-posts-warning-on-muppet-show-it-was-then-2.html
The use of that flag is very controversial today. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/disney-posts-warning-on-muppet-show-it-was-then-2.html
The red flag with blue cross and white stars was used by the southern states during the American Civil War, which opposed the abolition of slavery. Opponents therefore see the flag as a symbol of racism and white domination.
In another episode, actor Spike Milligan performs the song It’s a Small World . A lot of international clichés pass by.
One of the original episodes was also not put online. Disney does not want to give a reason for this. But it presumably has to do with Muppet writer Chris Langham’s conviction for child pornography. He unexpectedly had to take the place of a comedian at the time. But in 2007 he was sentenced to 10 months in prison. His episode was previously missing from the Muppet Show DVDs.
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