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Monday, February 22, 2021

The Muppet Show Disney+ Disclaimer Controversy


( The following contains commentary on the controversy and contains no copyright material ) .

Fans of Jim Henson's Muppets & many Pop Culture fans alike were exited and pleased with The Walt Disney Company's decision to upload The Muppet Show to Disney+ recently. Especially when it's been between 10 - 15 years since the original release of The Muppet Show DVDs and over a decade wait for a release of The Muppet Show seasons 4 & 5. 

Unfortunately ( at the time of the recording of this blog video ) several songs have been edited out due to not clearing the copyright in time as well as two episodes are missing from Season 5 which are the Brooke Shields episode ( aka Alice In Wonderland themed episode ) and the Chris Langham episode. Despite the fact that the Chris Langham episode is one of the funniest episodes of The Muppet Show ever produced and Chris Langham being a writer of The Muppet Show from seasons 3 - 5, a writer for The Muppet Show special " The Muppets Go To The Movies " as well as writing and appearing on The Jim Henson Hour's MuppeTelevision, as well as appearing in an episode of Bottom and playing the role of Leftist George Orwell in a Dramatic Documentary based on actual writings and interviews of Leftist George Orwell, Chris Langham unfortunately has committed abuse crimes against humanity which has since damaged his reputation.

Disney+ has also added the following disclaimer on The Muppet Show.

" “ Content Advisory

This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or culture. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge it’s harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.

Disney is committed to created 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 “ "

Many people understand due to cultural prejudices that were a product of the society at the time the 40 - 45 year old episodes of The Muppet Show were produced.

On the other hand, there has been many reactionary rages against the disclaimer which seem very right wing in the negative and false beliefs that Political Correctness & Social Justices ruins comedy and violates Free Speech.

Fox has even called The Muppets " Communist ".

Ironically the right hasn't complained about the many political satires against right wing politics including Sam The Eagle and The Villains of The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. 

And even though The Muppets and the people behind them aren't specifically " Communist ",
there are strong themes of community solidarity & direct action through out the history of The Muppets.
Especially the fact that on Fraggle Rock, Fraggles lead themselves and the rulers of the universe " The Gorgs " are so full of their own Ego to bother Governing anyone or anything.

However, what if the vaguely and strangely worded disclaimer also means that The Muppets themselves are considered " negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people " which explains why the new stuff under the " Disney's Muppets " name is very different from " Jim Henson's Muppets " from the 1970s.

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