Worried Disney has placed racism warnings on classic episodes of The Muppet Show.
Viewers were stunned when they spotted the “offensive content” alert over the old shows starring characters including Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy.
Disney bosses took the decision as they rolled out five vintage series on its £5.99-a-month streaming service Disney+.
The alert warned: “This programme 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.”
The shows star Muppets dressed as Arabs, Asians and Native Americans, while singer Johnny Cash wears a Confederate flag.
And, some episodes have vanished entirely from British screens, even though they can still be seen in the US on the Disney+ streaming service.
These include one featuring a Nazi-style gesture and national stereotypes in a show with Brit comic Spike Milligan from 1979.
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Some fans have hit out, with one tweeting: “It’s so frustrating to live in a ‘free’ country where corporations can decide what you can and can’t watch.”
Meanwhile, Tory MP Andrew Bridgen fumed: “I would like to know which bunch of muppets thought this one up.
“It would appear if this continues kids won’t be able to watch any TV programmes which are not newly made. Is nothing safe?”
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Sarah Cronin-Stanley, of Talking Pictures TV, added: “We should not eradicate history as we have so much to learn from it.”
Disney’s website states that the company is “committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the diversity of the human experience around the globe.”
This isn't the only thing to have had warnings tacked on before fans can start watching.
Classic animated movies including Peter Pan, Dumbo and The Aristocats also have pre-warnings about potentially offensive depictions.
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