Donald Trump Jr., a Muppet reject if there ever was one, claimed this week that The Muppets have been “canceled” by liberalism and was decidedly humiliated on Twitter in response.
Earlier this month, Disney finally released “The Muppet Show” on its streaming service Disney+, a move long-awaited by Muppet fans around the world.
On the air from 1977 to 1981, “The Muppet Show” featured variety acts as performed by Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzi Bear, and others along with comedy and musical acts and a human guest star.
Among the many celebrities who appeared on the program include Alice Cooper, Jim Nabors, Rita Moreno, Mark Hamill, Julie Andrews, and Vincent Price, just to name a few.
That being said, Disney has placed a disclaimer prior to just 18 of the 120 episodes warning of potentially culturally and racially insensitive content involving some skits and jokes.
Only two episodes do not currently appear on Disney+, one because of licensing issues involving songs, the other because the human guest on the show was later convicted of possessing child pornography.
As a fan of “The Muppet Show” I have seen the disclaimer on a couple episodes thus far. I can understand why Disney felt it necessary even though the incidents it warns about appear minor in general. You might not even catch them.
However, Donald Trump Jr. interpreted the disclaimer as Disney canceling The Muppets due to pressure from liberals.
Apparently The Muppets have now been canceled. There’s nothing these psychos won’t destroy.
Liberalism is a disease.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 22, 2021
Nothing has been canceled or destroyed here. And liberals had nothing to do with it. This is yet more faux outrage from Don Jr., whose father literally tried to cancel democracy and the lives of his vice president and several lawmakers in an attempted coup on January 6th at the Capitol. Junior himself recently appeared to incite gun violence against teachers.
The fact is that Disney has not “canceled” The Muppets. Nearly every episode is currently available to stream and none of the potentially offensive content has been removed. It’s embarrassing that Trump Jr. would take such a stance, and Twitter users promptly humiliated him for it.
So the show is being put on a popular streaming service that will greatly expand is viewing audience and that means it’s “cancelled” ???
Because of a disclaimer?
— CANCELtheGOP (@CANCELtheGOP) February 22, 2021
weird to be triggered about a disclaimer but you do you
— Matt Singer (@matthewjsinger) February 22, 2021
Snort another line. pic.twitter.com/fc4G9nytB3
— Mark Tomlin (@MarkTom83323620) February 22, 2021
Nobody cancelled the Muppets. Learn how to read.
— Melissa Miller (@akaLylania) February 22, 2021
Actually it is still on disney plus! therefore not canceled! Disclaimer yes! Now if anyone should be canceled is you. Why are you so angry all the time? Did papa not love you when you were young? Now go watch the muppets.
— Rennie Alba (@Renniealba) February 22, 2021
Not cancelled. 18 episodes now come with warning, similar to what is done with old films where every one is smoking their lungs out. How many times have you watched Scarface ? Perhaps that should come with warning of cocaine use/ abuse and guns. pic.twitter.com/YzFE4GkvRZ
— Sue Macdonald Klein (@tinkRbatt) February 22, 2021
Yes how dare a private corporation slap a disclaimer on a property it owns.
— Rich Swinton 🇺🇸 (@RicoSuaveJD) February 22, 2021
Did you get canceled by your kids yet? pic.twitter.com/MjLFS9xMSY
— Smitter (@Smitter11) February 22, 2021
— Wendy Lou Who🌊Vote Blue In 2022🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@WendyLouWho11) February 22, 2021
The Muppet Show is literally available for streaming right now on Disney +. All five seasons. I’m sorry if a little disclaimer on 18 of the episodes triggers you so much. pic.twitter.com/tZMEOybTNo
— (((Dan))) (@CopyDan) February 22, 2021
The Trump Family are the only muppets that have been cancelled, mate. pic.twitter.com/jLP1BNYuOT
— The Woke Bloke (@twb2468) February 22, 2021
🦊news types big mad on the Muppets’ behalf as if Fraggle Rock wasn’t created in direct opposition to Reaganism in every way, and Sesame Street didn’t dunk on Trump repeatedly in the 80s.
The Muppets were never on your side, dorks.
— Ren G💜etz (@ragdollren) February 22, 2021
Jim Henson, the late-creator of The Muppets along with Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street, was a strong supporter of civil rights and his company publicly criticized opposition to same-sex marriage in 2012. He would likely support the disclaimer if he were still alive today. And he would certainly not want anything to do with the Trumps.
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