Disney+ Under Fire From Parents Group For Addition Of TV-MA Marvel Netflix Shows

Following the recent news that Netflix's now defunct Marvel shows will be added to Disney+ on March 16, the Parents Television and Media Council has taken the House of Mouse to task...

Fans were delighted with the recent announcement that Netflix's Marvel TV shows, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders, will be heading to Disney+ on March 16, but not everyone welcomed the news.

Although there are some adult-oriented series and movies on Star, the now defunct Netflix shows mark the first TV-MA Marvel-branded content that'll be available on the streaming service, and the Parents Television Council (PTC) had a thing or two to say about it.

PTC president Tim Winter released the following statement, praising Disney+ for implementing stricter parental controls, but accusing the streamer of "destroying their brand" by showcasing the TV-MA-rated shows.

“For more than 98 years, the Walt Disney Company has been synonymous with the words Family Friendly, and I can think of no other corporation in American history that has been built more squarely on the backs – and on the wallets – of parents and families. The company’s eponymous platform Disney+ logically marketed itself as a family-friendly streaming service, and parents have placed their trust in Disney to deliver just that. It seems wildly ‘off-brand’ for Disney+ to add TV-MA and R-rated programming to this platform, ostensibly to increase subscription revenue. So what comes next, adding live striptease performances in Fantasyland at Disney World?”

“While we applaud Disney+ for improving their parental controls, the mere presence of MA- and R-rated content violates the trust of families, and may well turn them off entirely. There is no need for Disney+ to compete with the explicit content on other streaming platforms. Disney is already at a competitive advantage with a streaming platform that is the safest one out there for families. Its foray into TV-MA-rated fare will forever tarnish its family friendly crown.”

There might be some money in that live striptease idea.

In all seriousness, Winter makes a valid point here: Disney does have a family-friendly reputation to uphold, and since their streaming service was always going to be held to a higher level of scrutiny than the likes of Netflix or HBO Max, it's hardly surprising that a group like the PTC took issue.

What do you guys think? Are mountains being made out of molehills, or can you see where the PTC is coming from?

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