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Communist Muppets - Fox is hilarious.

The Muppets are Communist! At least, that's about what Fox Business network would lead you to believe.

A couple of my friends posted that link to their Facebook statuses, so I gave it a look (the video clip of the segment it's about is embedded at the bottom). It's both amusing and disheartening to see this kind of bullshit out there, but, there you have it. The absurdity of the piece is pretty funny, I'll admit. The fact that outlets, such as Fox, routinely spout this sort of crazy-ass gibberish is kinda scary... 'cause people actually believe what's being said. "Conservative"-centric media outlets like this thrive on playing victim to all kinds of conspiracy to hold Conservativism and large business/corporations back; so much so that they'll see conspiracy everywhere. Here's a news flash, right-wing media... you are the media. You can't complain about the media holding back your views; you're a part of it, and, guess what, you're expressing them Razz (This says nothing about the validity of views, just that they are out there and expressed)

Sure, they do have some point, but, as they always seem to, they extend it to absurdity, thereby quashing the validity hidden withing. Are The Muppets somewhat liberal or left leaning? Yeah, they always have been. Jim Henson's social views were well displayed by his art. To say that this is a Muppet movie, for goodness sakes, the only thing green that should be up on that screen is Kermit the Frog just shows that the speaker has ignored, or is ignorant of, the whole franchise's history.

Is the point that "liberal Hollywood" is decrying successful business, brainwashing kids away from business/oil/corporations? No, it's not... and it's not something that Hollywood has classically been involved in. Look at the heavy involvement of the US Military in modern film making (Top Gun opened the flood gates for the current system), look at the deluge of corporate take over films; the underdog working his/her way to the top, outing the oppressive CEO... no change in the system, just a replacement of who gets the credit. Does this say that corporations and business are bad? No, it says that you have to be clever to win the game.
Hollywood, as much garbage as it produces, is not a left or right conglomerate... it's a bunch of businesses. They occasionally show or display political leanings, but, there is only one real point: to make money. Most of what Hollywood peddles is devoid of any message or leaning, and the only indoctrination it's interested in is vapid consumerism.

This whole thing is utterly silly.

8 blog comments below

There is no such thing as NOT having a political leaning. Everyone has a political leaning, even if they are unaware of what it is. To be apolitical is simply to support the status quo.

As to fictional programs/movies... ummm... what kind of a movie does not have a bias? I challenge ANYONE to name a movie without any bias, any values, or any comment on society... Childrens program or otherwise.

At least Fox 'news' appears so crazy that it is hard for it to pretend that it isn't biased.
Hello_World on Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:13 am
I'm totally bowled over when I read stuff like this. I'd never have thought of the muppets as political. I'm also surprised, as I thought they had gone out of vogue a long time ago, why all of a sudden this pre-occupation with the muppets? Why not the magic ponies? Now that's a good example of socialism I'd think and much more current as well .... Twisted Evil
deanhills on Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:54 pm
New movie release, Dean. That's all it takes to generate media attention Wink

The Muppets have been off the main stage for a little while, but, with the release of the first three seasons on DVD in the past couple years, along with their new Youtube material and less obvious contributions to TV and movies as prop/special effects agents and things like Sesame Street, they've never really disappeared.

I'm not sure I'd really say that the Muppets have been political per ce, but they have had strong social commentary pretty much throughout their history. It's buried within straight up entertainment and humour, but there are social ideals/values of sharing, empathy, conscientiousness, etc. (Which Fox would likely spout off as being terrible and "socialist"), as well as some mild environmental themes as well. If you add in the other material the Henson Studios has worked on over the years that hasn't been "Muppets", the picture widens a bit.

On a semi-related note, here's an interview with Kermit on the CBC Radio 1 show Q concerning the new movie and the Muppet legacy. (22min)
Ankhanu on Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:12 pm
Haha, excellent comment on the Q interview:
"It's funny how a puuppet or muppet rather can have such a personality that when I was watching this, I forgot that it was felt with ping-pong balls for eyes. Made me feel like a kid again! "

Very Happy
Ankhanu on Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:13 pm
Aha ..... so maybe since it's a new release the movie guys used Fox as a source of PR for the movie?
Very Happy
deanhills on Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:08 pm
Well, that's not what I was getting at, but, I wouldn't entirely put it past the marketing departments of Disney to manipulate the news media to promote their material Razz
Ankhanu on Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:12 pm
This is a great, related interview with Jason Segel on the topic of the Muppets. It goes into the Muppets' history and subversive nature.

Ankhanu on Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:55 pm
Muppets respond to Fox News allegations.

Ankhanu on Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:22 pm

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