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Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog

When you think about Kermit the Frog, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  “Political activist”?  Yeah.  Us either.  But apparently there are some news services appear dangerously unable to make the distinction between fantasy and reality.   Fox News anchor Eric Bolling made the  assertion in December that the puppets were part of liberal Hollywood’s vendetta against oil companies, yet at the same time brainwashing the youth of America against capitalism in general.

They spent a good deal of time on the story.  We realize 24 hours a day is a lot of time to fill, but there actually is real news out there that needs covering.  Instead, we were treated to this report on how the Muppets are being used by the liberal left to brainwash our kids against capitalism.

We don’t know whether to be angry at Fox News, or embarrassed for them. This sort of McCarthy Era shenanigans is something we thought we as a country left behind us in the 1950’s. It certainly puts a pall on Fox News as a reliable and respectable news source, and clearly demonstrates where their money is coming from. You guessed it – big oil.

The Muppets responded to the allegations by Fox that they were pushing “a dangerous liberal agenda” during a press conference on January 28  in the following video shot for Leicester Square TV. The press conference was to promote their most recent film, titled simply “The Muppets”.

“It’s a funny thing- they were concerned about us having some prejudice against oil companies and that I can tell you is categorically not true. And besides if we had a problem with oil companies why would we drive in around the whole film in a gas-guzzling Rolls Royce?” Kermit asked.

Miss Piggy was more combative and political; the puppet added that the charge was “almost as laughable as accusing Fox News of being  … news.”

“Boy that’s going to be all over the internet,” Kermit remarked. “You are going to be in such deep water!”

Miss Piggy went on to say that “if they take what I say seriously, they have a real big problem.”

In December, the film’s director, James Bobin, also fended off the criticism, telling The Hollywood Reporter that, “No, the Muppets are not communist. And the character of Tex Richman is not an allegory for capitalism in any way. The character is called Tex Richman.”

The Muppets grew from initial appearances on television in the 1950’s.  They were created by  Jim Henson and are now owned by The Walt Disney Company. Kermit is voiced by Steve Whitmire and Miss Piggy by Eric Jacobson.

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