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‘Kermit Hung Out With Epstein?’ Netizens Mock Disney Over ‘Negative Depictions’ Label for Muppets

This is not the first time Disney’s attempts to promote diversity and inclusion have left viewers more than a little baffled. Classic animated films such as Peter Pan, Dumbo and the Aristocats were removed from the children’s section of its video-streaming platform Disney+ in January.

Disney has said the Muppet Show is guilty of promulgating “negative depictions” and has posted a disclaimer to warn those who want to watch the famous comedy series on its Disney+ video-streaming platform of its offensive content.

“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”, reads the disclaimer.

It’s unclear which episodes of the show Disney had in mind when it warned viewers about mistreatment of people and stereotypes; some characters depict Asians, Middle Easterners and those indigenous to the Americas. And in one episode singer Johnny Cash sings a song in front of a Confederate flag.

The news set Twitter ablaze with users wondering what the reason was for the disclaimer.