As history continues to slip forward into the future, thanks to the unstoppable and immovable passage of time, there will be facets of our culture that are completely and utterly changed forever. This isn’t some now and radical situation, of course: Our society has undergone several massive cultural shifts over time, and the latest has been focused almost exclusively on maintaining a sense of inoffensiveness whenever possible.
This includes labeling television programs from decades ago whose humor may be a dew decades dated.
Before playing the music and lighting the lights, fans who choose to binge “The Muppet Show” on Disney+ will be shown an “offensive content” warning ahead of select episodes. The classic series, which first aired in 1976, was released on the streaming service on Friday.
“This program 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 disclaimer states. “Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.”
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Of course, this is the natural progression of the way in which societies evolve, but, knowing this, one would think that there would be some sort of cognizance built into the way that we teach our future generations to examine the past.
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