The Muppets are back on television (yay!) and they’re already pissing off the moral busybodies on the Christian right. The group One Million Moms, which is really just a few hundred moms — have you noticed how every time the right wing claims to have a million of anything, it’s really just a small number? — say the show is “perverted,” and Franklin Graham is complaining that the show includes “interspecies relationships.”
In the run-up to the show’s premiere, ABC’s promotional campaign has focused on Kermit and Miss Piggy’s alleged breakup and subsequent rebound relationships, the porcine star’s promiscuity, Fozzie Bear’s relationship with a woman, and even included an ad with a Kermit clad in only a scarf that brags, “Finally, a network TV show with full frontal nudity.”…
“1MM (One Million Moms) suspects there are going to be a lot of shocked moms and dads when they discover that the family-friendly Muppets of the 1970s are no more. It appears that no subject is off limits,” the group says in the petition, in which it provides a phone number to call ABC to pressure the network to cancel the show. “The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond are now weighing in on abortion and promiscuity,” it continues.“ABC has ruined “The Muppets,” claim the One Million Moms.
Meanwhile, from Franklin Graham:
Tonight ABC is premiering a new “mature version” of the Muppets that reports say will cover a range of topics from sex to drugs to “interspecies relationships” with no subject being off limits.
Does he not realize that Kermit and Miss Piggy were in a relationship on the old show, too? But honestly, I think they’re right. The show should present nothing but wholesome topics, straight out of the Bible, uplifting stories like when God killed everything on earth except the people and animals in the ark. Or when Lot offered his daughters to a mob to be raped. Or when Onan spilled his seed on the ground. And the day after Kermit and Miss Piggy get married, they can stone her to death for not being a virgin. I’m sure that will be much more to the Christian right’s liking.