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Disney may need to add more content warnings, Parents Television Council argues

The Parents Television Council has called on Disney to add more warnings before other programs and be more consistent

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The Parents Television Council said in a new statement that Disney needs to add more content warnings to programs so that it can remain more consistent.

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The Parents Television Council said in a new statement that Disney needs to add more content warnings to programs so that it can remain more consistent.

Context

Disney+ added a content advisory warning ahead of “The Muppet Show,” which first appeared on the streaming service last week, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Disney’s new full warning reads:

  • “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.
  • “Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.”

The new warning

Melissa Henson, program director of the Parents Television Council, released a statement that called on Disney to make a change.

  • “Disney needs to drop the double standard, and it needs to be consistent if its concerns about what constitutes appropriate content for children to watch are to be taken seriously,” Henson said.

The council specifically pointed to the 2015 show “The Muppets,” which debuted on ABC. The show included a number of mature jokes, sexual innuendos and other content that was questionable for children, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • The council said its research found the show had adult content every 3 minutes and 38 seconds in the first four episodes. And interactions between Miss Piggy and Kermit were full of sexual innuendos.

The council wants Disney to put more warnings behind content that might be inappropriate.