Bouncing off of the success of their box-office hit, The Muppets are flexing their new celebrity status just like any other stars: with a media scuffle. After being accused by Fox Business News’ Eric Bolling of being just another example of Hollywood’s liberal agenda, the Muppets held a press conference last week at the May Fair Hotel in England to address the claims.
“Oh yeah, it’s so dangerous,” Kermit the Frog mocked.
Bolling said that “The Muppets” were engaging in “class warfare” by making the villain of their movie a successful businessman named Tex Richman. His guest that day, Dan Gainor of the conservative Media Research Center, said of liberal Hollywood and the left media, “they hate the oil industry- they hate corporate America.”
“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.
“That’s almost as laughable as accusing Fox News..you know…of being news,” Ms. Piggy said.
Fox News’ did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Even the film’s director, James Bobin, pushed back on the attack. He told the Hollywood Reporter’s Kevin Cassidy in December that “It’s a very strange turn of events to hear a question like that. Cable news is 24 hours long so you have to fill it up with something. No, the Muppets are not communist. And the character of Tex Richman is not an allegory for capitalism in any way.”
The film “The Muppets,” which opened on November 23, has been nominated for one Oscar for Original Song and Best Achievement in Music.