[February 23, 2021] I’ve seen some dumb decisions in my day that have had dire consequences. One of those was when an inexperienced Army major decided he would lead a convoy through a hostile area. This happened during my first combat tour in Iraq. And, there are more dumb decisions. Disney just slapped a warning on “The Muppet Show,” bad idea, bad decision, Disney.
Of all the Muppets, my favorite character is “Animal.” Animal, pictured in the thumbnail to this article, was originally performed by Frank Oz, an American actor, puppeteer, and filmmaker. I don’t know why I like Animal so much. Maybe he reminds me of my roots in the rural areas of Northeast Louisiana of the 1950s. Today, he remains one of the most popular Muppets.
As of late, Disney has made some darn poor decisions. First by cutting Gina Carano from the Star Wars derivative “Mandalorian.” For a humorous view on this subject, read the Babylonbee article on it here. And, now by slapping a warning on the Muppets. Miss Piggy would be outraged.
Before you can see “The Muppet Show,” you will get this warning:
“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.”
Why in the world would such an idiotic ‘warning’ be put on the show? Maybe some people would complain on Twitter and that is no big deal. Right now, “woke” corporate cowardice is hot hot hot. Really! It is remarkable how corporations like Disney have grown frightened of leftist bloggers and others trolling on Twitter and other similar low-level social media platforms.
It gets better:
“Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.”
I don’t think Disney is interested in any theme that doesn’t walk in lockstep with their woke views. Maybe their warning might have had some meaning if Disney hadn’t thanked the Chinese government (read that as the Chinese Communist Party) for allowing them to film their movie Mulan in northwest China. The CCP has been widely condemned for detention and surveillance of Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang. Is there a double standard here?
Every day people can watch any episode of The Muppet Show and not think anything of it … except to enjoy it.