The Muppets, the first theatrical release from Kermit the Frog and his band of felt-covered friends in more than a decade, has been a successful return to form. The film has fared well both critically and commercially, having already grossed over $100-million worldwide.
But not everyone is happy. Some U.S. commentators have taken issue with what they perceive to be the movie's liberal bias, based largely on a villainous character by the name of Tex Richman, who in the film threatens to close the historic Muppets theatre in order to access oil reserves that lie beneath it.
Pundits on the Fox News network in particular have complained that the movie is an attempt to indoctrinate children with an anti-oil, anti-capitalist mindset by using an oil magnate as a negative character.
It turns out that the Muppets are prepared to defend themselves. In a press conference in London, U.K., ahead of the new film's British premiere over the weekend, a journalist asked the characters of Kermit and Miss Piggy to respond to Fox News's accusations. While Kermit's character attempted to deflect the charges with reason - pointing out that the character spent a lot of time in the movie appearing in a gas-guzzling Rolls Royce - the character of Miss Piggy was more blunt:
"It's almost as laughable as calling Fox New ... you know, news."
Here is an excerpt from that press conference, complete with Kermit's reaction to Piggy's response:
To see what they're talking about, here is a clip, posted by the U.S. media analysis firm Media Matters for America (an organization known for challenging American conservatives), from the Dec. 2, 2011, broadcast of Fox's Follow the Money, in which commentators accuse the Muppets of brainwashing American children:
Kermit was on our show late last year, talking about Piggy, the new movie and the legacy of Jim Henson. Here is his conversation with George:
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