Violent Muppet ads of yesteryear deserve a content warning

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Ever seen a Muppet touting a pistol? Or a coffee ad featuring enough puppet-on-puppet violence to make even Tarantino blush? Well, you might be in luck as Twitter has managed to dig up some Jim Henson handiwork which is as far away from Sesame Street as you can get.

The timing is ironic considering Disney+ is now putting content warnings on certain age-old episodes of The Muppet Show (here's how to get 15% off Disney Plus if you're thirsty for some Muppet action.) The offending material here though is a series of 1950s adverts made by the puppet master for long-defunct brand Wilkins Coffee, none of which could be made today, let alone get a warning label.

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Giacomo Lee

Giacomo is a writer and talking head who has covered creativity and creative tools for Wallpaper*, Digital Arts, Creative Boom, VICE, Little White Lies, the BBC and more. Giacomo has also hosted for Adobe and D&AD, and judged the annual New Blood Awards. He was deputy editor of Creative Bloq for a short time in 2021.