Following claims that the new film "The Muppets" is spreading a communist, anti-capitalist message, the movie's director has weighed in to say that's just not the case.
"It's a very strange turn of events to hear a question like that," director James Bobin told the Hollywood Reporter. ""No, the Muppets are not communist."
Fox Business Network's Eric Bolling levied the charges against "The Muppets" earlier this month, accusing the movie of brainwashing children with an anti-oil industry and anti-capitalism message.
"Cable news is 24 hours long so you have to fill it up with something," Bobin said.
Of the movie's villain, oil baron Tex Richman, Bobin brushed Bolling's claims aside that it was a case of "liberal Hollywood depicting a successful businessman as evil."
"The character of Tex Richman is not an allegory for capitalism in any way," he said. "The character is called Tex Richman. It's a joke. Clearly he is a classic, old school bad guy. He's bad not because he works for an oil company but because he's evil."
"No, it's not a communist movie in any way," Bobin said.
"The Muppets" has grossed more than $65 million at the box office since its Thanksgiving release and has received strongly positive reviews.
Watch the original Fox Business Network segment below: