Viewers baffled by smoking warning at start of The Beatles: Get Back

‘Seriously!?’ Viewers are left baffled by woke smoking warning displayed at the start of The Beatles: Get Back docuseries on Disney+

  • The programmes open with a warning about ‘explicit language, mature themes and smoking’
  • The Beatles: Get Back is streaming now on Disney +

Viewers have been left baffled by a ‘woke’ smoking warning displayed at the start of The Beatles: Get Back docuseries on Disney+.  

All three episodes of the programme each open with a warning about ‘explicit language, mature themes and smoking’. 

The three-part-series takes audiences back in time to the band’s intimate recording sessions and exuberant performances for their their final 1970 album, Let It Be. 

Reaction: Viewers have been left baffled by a ‘woke’ smoking warning displayed at the start of The Beatles: Get Back docuseries on Disney+ (John Lennon is pictured)

One fan posted online in reaction: ‘I liked the warning on Get Back… SMOKING. On that basis, Casablanca should be cancelled.’

Another pointed out the smoking alert seemed odd as members of the band were self-confessed drug-users at the time.

A third wrote: ‘Get Back was worth the wait. I’m into episode two part way because of time constraints. But I have to chuckle at the disclaimer about people smoking. Who needs that warning? How fragile is society? It’s a goddamn cigarette. Get over it.’

Someone else reacted saying: ‘Watching the Beatles doc #GetBack, there is actually a trigger warning at the beginning: ‘This footage contains explicit language, mature themes and smoking.’ Seriously?’ 

Docuseries: Three episodes of the programme each open with a warning about ‘explicit language, mature themes and smoking’ (Ringo Starr is pictured) 

Disney+ has been contacted by MailOnline for a comment.  

It comes after earlier this month Peter Jackson revealed he successfully convinced Disney to allow for swearing to be included in his documentary The Beatles: Get Back.

While it is the first time that ‘a Disney channel’ has agreed to broadcast foul language, the film director, 60, said that it was ‘not in an aggressive or sexual way’. 

Having their say: One fan posted online in reaction: ‘I liked the warning on Get Back… SMOKING. On that basis, Casablanca should be cancelled’

Describing the project as ‘a film about chain smokers with guitars who play songs,’ Peter told Radio Times: ‘We’ve had to have a discussion with Disney about the swearing.

‘The Beatles are scouse boys and they freely swear but not in an aggressive or sexual way. We got Disney to agree to have swearing, which I think is the first time for a Disney channel.

‘That makes them feel modern, too. Obviously people did swear in the 60s but not when they were being filmed.’ 

Spellbinding: The three-part-series takes audiences back in time to the band’s intimate recording sessions and exuberant performances for their their final 1970 album, Let It Be 

The show follows the story of the iconic Liverpool band as they plan their first live show in over two years, using unseen footage (filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored. 

The film charts the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album.

The Beatles: Get Back also features other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be. 

The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row.

Success: It comes after earlier this month Peter Jackson revealed he successfully convinced Disney to allow for swearing to be included in his documentary The Beatles : Get Back (pictured in 2019)

On 30 January 1969, the Beatles enacted the final public performance of their career with an unannounced concert held from the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters at 3 Savile Row, within central London’s office and fashion district. 

They were joined by keyboardist Billy Preston, the band played a 42-minute set ending with the conclusion of ‘Get Back’ before the Metropolitan Police asked them to reduce the volume. 

The exciting new collaboration The Beatles: Get Back saw The Beatles and three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson join forces for a production presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. 

The Beatles: Get Back is directed by Jackson, produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.

Jabez Olssen serves as the film’s editor, and the music is mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. 

The Beatles: Get Back is streaming now on Disney +.

Throwback: The Beatles: Get Back is streaming now on Disney +

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