During the golden age of cable news, Youtube, social media and what some would call a general lack of political civility, the traditionally family friendly Muppets were thrown into the public arena last December. At the release of their most recent film "The Muppets," critics alleged that the franchise had been hijacked to forward a partisan, anti-business agenda.
“We’re teaching our kids class warfare!” Fox New's Eric Bolling infamously said of the film on December 2, in the midst of the Occupy Wall Street movement. “Where are we, communist China?”
The comment was in reference to the film's villain, Tex Richman, an evil oil baron.
Bolling's remarks quickly went viral, leading the film's director to speak out a week later to denounce claims that his film was spreading a communist, anti-capitalist message.
“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.”
“The Muppets” received strong reviews and has grossed more than $87 million at the box office since its Thanksgiving release, with the minor controversy seeming to be all but forgotten.
The film's stars lashed out at Bolling and his network while taking questions at a London press conference Thursday to promote the film's UK release.
"It's a funny thing, they were concerned about us having some prejudice against oil companies," said Kermit D. Frog. "I can tell you that's categorically not true. And besides, if we had a problem with oil companies why would we have spent the entire film driving around in a gas-guzzling Rolls-Royce?"
"It’s almost as laughable as, ahhh…accusing Fox News as…you know, being news!” Miss Piggy interjected over laughter from the press in attendance.
Kermit quickly assessed how Miss Piggy's comment would enflame the Muppets ongoing tiff with the network:
“That’s going to be all over the internet!”