I watched The Muppets the other night and thought it was pretty funny. It reminded me of 30 Rock– a behind-the-scenes look at a hit TV show where you get to see the relationships and the drama that plays out behind the curtain.
It was kind of raunchy, but still funny. I already knew what to expect from some of the TV commercials the network was running. One of them showed Castle star Nathan Fillion sneaking out of Miss Piggy’s trailer without his shirt, and Kermit sees him. Funny stuff.
One group though, does not find this show funny and calls it perversion. That group would be One Million Moms, an offshoot of the American Family Association. But praise the Lord, ‘cause they’re here to save America from the same fate as Sodom and Gomorrah.
A while back, the Moms staged a protest against JC Penney asking their members and followers to boycott JC Penney because they hired Ellen DeGeneres for a couple of print and TV ads. They flat out admitted they didn’t want her as a spokesperson because she’s a lesbian. That boycott failed.
And just recently, One Million Moms was up in arms about a yogurt commercial that had lesbians in it. They accused the yogurt company of “attempting to normalize sin”.
Wow. They seem to have a real problem with lesbians. I think Shakespeare said, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”. Just sayin’.
Yep. Having a couple of sexy, gay chicks in a commercial is bad. We’d much rather see Kim Davis eating a spoonful of yogurt on camera, ‘cause she’s wholesome, delicious, and God-approved (her God, of course). Unlike JC Penney though, the yogurt company didn’t back down. They said we celebrate diversity and let the ads run.
As much as I dislike groups like One Million Moms who push their own warped agenda on everyone else, in this particular case, with The Muppets, I must say they did make one good point.
Probably the only good point they ever made.
The new Muppet show can be confusing to kids. When you sit your five-year-old down in front of the TV to watch Sesame Street, they spend an hour immersed in the protected world of Fozzie, Big Bird, and Kermit. It might be difficult for a parent to explain to the kid why they can’t watch the same Muppets later that night.
I get it.
You can’t tell you five year-old that Miss Piggy likes to blow off steam at the end of the day by banging Nathan Fillion, or that Fozzie is routinely involved in a lot of R-rated bear-on-bear action.
So I do agree that showing two vastly different sides of the Muppets on television could confuse kids, but that’s about the only thing I agree with when it come to the One Million Moms, which incidentally doesn’t have anywhere near one million members and should have probably spent more time watching The Count on Sesame Street.
The Muppets is funny, but it’s for adults. Would it be that difficult to keep track of your children and make sure they’re not watching TV after 9 PM?
You’d think this right wing Moms group would be more concerned with a show like Impastor, which shows a guy posing as a gay pastor and is filled with plot lines concerning sex, drugs, and murder.
Oh wait, they are.
Moms said the show is a direct attack on Christianity.
Why do these religious groups always think their religion is under fire or under attack? Last time I looked, Christianity is the predominant faith in the United states, about three-quarters of the population. It’s hardly under attack. But I guess playing the persecution card keeps everyone happy and the money rolling in.
So my advice?
Watch The Muppets and ignore the One Million Moms.
Let them continue to boycott Oreos because they featured a rainbow-colored filling to support diversity, and let them bitch and complain about Marvel Comics introducing a gay character. And watch them ignore other issues like gun control, education, and proper dental care.
I know you want to protect your children, but throwing temper tantrums, advocating boycotts and inundating retailers with email complaints just because you found something disagreeable is ridiculous. What does that teach your children? It certainly doesn’t teach tolerance or forgiveness.
Maybe you should forget the letter-writing campaigns and take your kids out for ice cream or a trip to the zoo.