My wife and I saw The Muppets this past weekend, and we thoroughly enjoyed it at the time. However, thanks to Eric Bolling and the Fox Business Channel, I now realize that we were duped.
We thought we had seen a delightful film featuring hilarious musical numbers, enjoyable characters, clever pop culture references, and some laudable themes (e.g., the importance of healing broken relationships, the need for hope and friendship in a deeply cynical age).
However, what we really saw was yet another pile of liberal Hollywood propaganda intended to brainwash kids into hating rich people and big business while embracing a leftist, pro-environment agenda.
Thank God our two sons weren’t there, though I shudder to think at the ideological damage done to our unborn daughter. Watch for yourself, and thank your lucky stars that there are true heroes out there willing to shine a light on such nefarious shenanigans.
Seriously, stuff like this makes my brain boil. Have films been made that package a certain ideological agenda in a kid-friendly form? Of course, for better or worse, which is why parents and guardians need to educate themselves and become involved in their children’s media habits.
But in this case, Bolling et al.’s reasoning seems rather specious. Simply put, they’re doing their darndest to force a reading onto The Muppets that is barely, if at all, supported by what actually happens in the film. Or, as one commenter on The Blaze, a conservative-leaning website, put it:
I also saw it. The anti-corporate message would be better interpreted as anti-Big Oil (specifically), but was so minor that it barely rises to the level of a minute plot point.
This movie was anti-business like The Muppets Treasure Island was anti-British navy and The Muppets Christmas Carol was anti-rich. Yes, the British navy played a part in the former and a rich guy in the latter, but that was about it.
For those of you haven’t seen “The Muppets,” the cartoonish villain is indeed an oil man named Tex Richman — but he’s the villain not because he’s an oil man but because he wants to destroy the Muppets’ theater to drill for oil underneath. It’s not as if there’s an Ed Begley Muppet driving a Prius and saying, “If only Tex Richman understood there are alternatives…”
The idea of a liberal Hollywood agenda to brainwash children is funnier than any comedy I’ve seen this year. You know what matters to Hollywood? Making money. “The Muppets” movie is produced by a little company called Disney, one of the most profitable and admired corporate names in the history of civilization. “The Muppets” was a $50 million production that employed hundreds of actors, creative behind-the-scenes types and crew workers. In less than two weeks it has grossed $56 million at the box office in the U.S. alone.
As usual, the only color that matters to “liberal Hollywood” is green, as in profit.
If you’re going to accuse Kermit and the rest of the gang of promoting a leftist, anti-wealth, pro-environment message, then what’s next? Calling Mr. Rogers an “evil, evil man” because his message to kids that they were special has fostered a growing sense of entitlement? Oh wait…
Before The Muppets, we had to sit through a trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, prompting me to tweet this:
Tonight, I saw the trailer for "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" and I wept for the future of our species.— Jason Morehead (@jasonopus) #
Now, thanks to Eric Bolling and the Fox Business Channel, I have a different, and much more concrete, reason to weep.