Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Jim Nabors!

Pete takes control of the mic and the guest trivia as he and Ben discuss the second US broadcast of The Muppet Show and which segments worked, along with the vicissitudes of lip-syncing, the inherent comedy of an upright piano, and Disney’s warning labels.

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The use of “Indian Love Call” in Mars Attacks! is sufficiently absurd and grotesque that is should absolutely be memorable to anyone who watched it, even if only once and quite some time ago. The cultural depictions in this episode are also absurd and grotesque enough to deserve the warning that Disney+ put before the episode.

Disney advisory text: "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.”

The warning came up during Anna and Ben’s conversation about the depiction of the Asian cat in The Aristocats as well, specifically that Disney had updated it’s language from what it was immediately upon launch. We stand in approval of the better message being sent by the current advisory, even if it may create a hypersensitive atmosphere of looking for sin and error. A complete list of episodes with content warnings is provided by Vulture.

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