New ‘Muppets’ TV Show Called Perverted By Family Values Group

By September 23, 2015

File this under the “overreacting news story of the day” file. Since you’re here and you’ve read the headline, yes, this is a true story. As it goes, a family values group have found the latest incarnation of The Muppets perverted, and are urging ABC (a Disney parent company) to take the new show off the air. No. Really.

In a story posted up by Fortune, a fraction of the 9 million people who tuned in to the Tuesday night re-launch found the beloved ‘sock puppets’ as bad influences on the populace.

One group is less than thrilled, deriding the new, more adult-themed show featuring the beloved 1970’s felt puppets as “perverted” and calling on ABC to can the program: the pro-family One Million Moms.

Not just stopping with the name calling, the same group is now slamming their fists and stamping their feet calling for the cancellation of the show. No. Really.

Having just caught the show on my DVR, (and being a completely biased individual who loved it) this upheaval is forcing me to look to the sky and shake a fist. Figuratively speaking.

Who knew the beloved characters of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear could be so controversial? I must have missed the scene where Kermit and Gonzo build a meth lab in their basement.

The article continues to list the offensive problems only a inanimate – felt – object can incite during these trying times in our history – Fozzie’s relationship with a ‘human’ woman and an ad that features Kermit wearing a scarf with a tag-line that reads ‘Finally, a network TV show with full frontal nudity’ has also incited copious amounts of overreacting.

 “The Muppets,” a 30-minute series, marks the 1970’s-era characters’ first regular television program in nearly 20 years, and will feel a lot like “30 Rock,” mockumentary-style with quick-zoom reaction shots and confessional cutaways, says theNew York Times. But the more grown-up topics the show will dive into are what is irking the One Million Moms.

Indeed, the group has even started a petition (I will not be linking to said petition) that aims to warn parents that The Muppets is not a family friendly program like the 1970’s version was. They go on… and on… in the petition, saying:

(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, 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.

This coming from the same group of people that boycotted JC Penny in 2012 for running same-sex couples wearing their clothes in the catalogues inserts. (I’m just glad there were no ‘same sex’ Muppets causing a problem in the premiere episode otherwise, the sky would have, no doubt, fallen).

Sure, The Muppets promises (and delivers) an updated, more adult themed episode. But after watching the show and then, reading this objection, it is clear the (One Million Moms) didn’t bother to watch the entire episode, rather, just the teaser commercials who touted, yes, a joke about Kermit’s new girlfriend (who is also a pig) having dated more than one person- er, frog.

For the rest of the episode played out tongue and cheek. That is to be sure. Each adult themed joke never ‘landed’ with the same impact on me. For a child; they wouldn’t have landed at all. The jokes were tame, at best. And the kids, the ones that would actually BE offended if at all, would already be tucked in for the night.

And as the Fortune article suggests, ABC wasn’t really targeting kids. In fact, as previously mentioned with the prime, 8pm spot, this is specifically geared to Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, people who grew up with the Muppets and might actually appreciate a new and fresh way in which to enjoy inanimate objects with a hand up their a–.

The only saving grace on all this, the (One Million Moms) petition lists the channel and time in which one could enjoy the new Muppets show. Hopefully now, more people will tune in.

Not to be too down on the group – as the old saying goes – if it’s really offending ‘the children’ like they suppose, turn the channel. Simple.

Yes, this article is very tongue and cheek, but in the end, this is news and actually happened. Am I being too hard on caring parents who are looking out for the best for their children? The forum is yours. Tell me what YOU think in the comments section below.

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  • Jordan Benans-Hillard

    Well I don’t really think these guys have much of a cause to do this. If it was on Dizney xd or something maybe, but this is a network time slot for adults. I mean the argument on how puppets can portray themselves is one thing but nobody stopped harvey birdman for using hanna Barbara caracters or other parody shows of actual shows on adult swim.

  • Devin

    The muppets are for children. Why would you make it more adult themed. Its targeted for KIDS!!!!

    • jenisedai

      The Muppets are for people who grew up with the Muppets. Those people are now adults.

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  • Angrycelt

    “I want Muppets stories to address things my friends and I are interested in. I never saw them as kiddie characters.” – Jim Henson

    • Erin Parisien

      Exactly! Jim Henson never considered the Muppets something for youngsters. That’s what Sesame Street was for. They have always had an adult edge to them and I believe that The Muppet Show was born out of a failed attempt at the Muppets on SNL. I personally loved the show and am looking forward to more! 🙂

  • Jagged23

    I loved the premier! However, I will say that all the implications that Kermit and Piggy (and his new girlfriend) had or were having sex did seem a bit awkwardly delivered and out of place. I feel the muppets can deliver adult style humor but if they wish to continue with sex humor they need to find a better way to deliver it because it was borderline creepy. Otherwise the show was great! I mean Kermit making jokes at the expense of the dancing with the Stars host and his comment about living in a bacon wrapped hell had me on the floor laughing! Hope they keep it up!