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What Else Can Disney Screw Up?

Walt and Jeri were two of our favorite neighbors we ever had.

Walt was of Polish descent who had played baseball at the Triple-A level and was now a successful salesperson. Jeri was his wife, a high ranking executive in a large company who happened to have blonde hair.

As neighbors, we would sit around and talk – deciding the important things in the world and the not so important.

But there is something that we will always remember about these two bright, engaging, and fun people: they loved to tell jokes that made fun of stereotypes in which they fit.

Walt would sit on the back porch across from our and say, “I heard a good Pollack joke today.” He would then rip off the joke and laugh.

Jeri, on the other hand was terrible at telling jokes and stories. She tried but failed more often than not. She would try to tell a “blonde” joke, blow the punch line, and then say “how bad is it when a blonde can’t even tell a blonde joke?”

She, along with everyone would laugh.

There were lessons to be learned in those jokes. First, learn to laugh at yourself. Secondly, just because you tell a joke doesn’t mean the joke is truthful. By that we mean here was a highly intelligent blonde woman telling a joke concerning the lack of intelligence in a person because of their hair color. If people actually thought that intelligence was based on hair color, they may be dumber than a pile of rocks.

Walt knew the same thing when it came to his Polish heritage. No one in their right minds believes that Poles are less intelligent than any other group. Yet Walt loved to make fun of himself because he saw humor in the joke’s situation, rather than anything else.

Which brings us to Disney.

The Mouse has been in the news over the last few years for the disastrous decisions in movies – especially the Avenger series and the Star Wars franchise – to add “wokeness” to the script as well as directors and actors. In a weird sort of way, Disney tries to condemn stereotypes and be “diverse” by discriminating on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and “wokeness.”

Don’t they have any mirrors at Disney to see what they are doing? In the name of “diversity,” they make rules based on the very characteristics they say are wrong.

Now, Disney has decided to take on the “Muppet Show.”

Jim Henson’s classic series “The Muppet Show” began streaming on Disney+ on Friday, but now comes prefaced with an offensive content disclaimer.

“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures,” the warning reads. “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 conversations to create a more inclusive future together.”

The show, which ran for five seasons between 1976 and 1981, features the new content warning on 18 episodes, including those guest-hosted by Steve Martin, Peter Sellers, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Debbie Harry and Marty Feldman, among others.

There is, of course, a problem with the Disney position.

“The Muppet Show” was created by Jim Henson. Between he and uber talented Frank Oz, the two created shows what made people laugh – including laughing at themselves. If Disney wants to claim the two inflicted “harmful impact,” on others, then the solution is simple: don’t run the show. Take it off of your network and streaming service.

In fact, if we are going to label Henson as being a person who deliberately hurt others, let’s remove from the airwaves what is arguably Henson’s greatest creation: Sesame Steet.

Let’s get it outta here.

After all, Oscar The Grouch makes fun of the plight of the homeless who are forced to live in garbage cans. The Cookie Monster makes fun of people with eating disorders and who cannot control their appetite.

We could go on, but if you want to condemn things, then do it. Don’t play both sides of the fence by saying “we don’t like this and think that it is wrong, but we are going to make money off of the Muppets anyway.”

Disney nor Public Television will do that. They will lecture and tell people how horrible they are, but will still make money doing it.

They won’t see their own hypocrisy.

For a while, we actually thought of purchasing Disney+ streaming. We would have enjoyed some of the old classics such as “Davy Crockett,” “Daniel Boone,” “Justin Morgan Had a Horse,” “Johnny Tremaine and the Sons of Liberty,” plus some of the early Star Wars films.

But no more.

We are tired of being lectured to by people who are so intent on telling us we are wrong and pointing out the splinter in our eyes while ignoring the plank in theirs.

Anyone who has watched “The Muppets,” would know it was a show with tremendous talent and guest stars that provided comic relief, often by making fun of stereotypes and themselves.

Yet Disney continues to go down the path of lecturing people instead of letting people decide for themselves.

Well, we did decide. We won’t have anything to do with Disney from here on out.

We’ll keep our money in our pockets.



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