Disney has said the Muppet Show is guilt of promulgating “negative depictions” and has posted a disclaimer to warn those who want to watch the famous comedy series on its Disney+ video-streaming platform of its offensive content.

“This programme 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”, reads the disclaimer.

It’s unclear which episodes of the show Disney had in mind when it warned viewers about mistreatment of people and stereotypes; some characters depict Asians, Middle Easterners and those indigenous to the Americas. And in one episode singer Johnny Cash sings a song in front of a Confederate flag.

The news set Twitter ablaze with users wondering what the reason was for the disclaimer.

​Even liberal-minded users couldn’t grasp what prompted Disney to make such a move.

​Some suggested that humour has been cancelled and wondered what else would be labelled offensive.

​Many users bashed the company and the woke movement.

​Others claimed to have found negative depictions in the comedy show.

​Companies worldwide have been reassessing their offerings after last year’s massive protests against racial discrimination and police brutality. They initially began in the United States after the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, at the hands of a white police officer. The protest then swiftly became international.

Since then several corporations – including Mars, Unilever, Nestle, L’Oreal, Quaker, Knorr and Dreyer’s Ice Cream – have renamed their products, which were perceived as racist or discriminatory. Video-streaming companies such as Netflix, HBO and BritBox have removed shows and movies, which were deemed offensive, one of them being “Gone with the Wind”, one of the greatest films of all time.