After too many years of silence on the matter, Disney has taken the courageous step of adding an advisory to “The Muppets” to warn viewers that we are about to see “harmful” and racist content. It’s about time we have a national conversation about these offensive muppets who, in their ignorance, have perpetuated harmful stereotypes through their puppet privilege.
“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” reads the Disney Plus disclaimer — finally. “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.”
“The Muppets” was anything but diverse, inclusive, and inspirational.
Take Kermit the Frog, for starters. The straight male protagonist’s prejudice shows every time he opens