Us dogs can stomach a lot, but when a major news network accuses The Muppets of “using class warfare to brainwash our kids,” then I run for the door. It’s Fox News’ take on the new Muppet movie, the basic plot of which is that an oil tycoon is going to displace the Muppets in order to drill for oil.
So… that’s not brainwashing. That’s telling humans the reality of the world around them. I’m not exactly sure where the “class warfare” bit came from, but the Fox News guys were rather worked-up about it. Evidently, Muppets are a different class. Maybe they represent the average Joe.
Fox News made it clear that their main beef is any pro-environment stance from Hollywood (at all). As stated by the guest and affirmed by the host, “the only thing green that should be up there on that screen is Kermit the Frog.”
It really isn’t easy being green, I guess. Fox News host Eric Bolling continued to bash the Muppets, sarcastically asking if they had an Occupy WallStreet Muppet. Bolling called the movie “brainwashing” and an “indoctrination” multiple times, damning other children’s movies for any environmental messages as well.
Why is Bolling so un-green? Because his parents indoctrinated him! He says it to the guests while he interviews them. His parents would point out capitalist success stories as aspirational models. They didn’t mediate their message with any points about how the earth is the raw material for the goods that the rich humans purchase, I guess.
Maybe Bolling thinks we will be able to buy another Earth some day…
In the meanwhile, be like Bolling and close your eyes. Don’t look at what’s going on beneath the sociopolitical surface of the world around you. Don’t let you kids watch The Muppets. They might start recycling.
They might be inspired to develop technologies that would eliminate the need for fossil fuels. Oh, wait. We already have those.
PS: The Fox News clip is here.