Communist Muppets?

While I personally don’t believe that the Muppets are communist, some people do. Fox News host Eric Bolling has accused the Muppets of brainwashing kids with an “anti-corporate” message in their new movie. The film introduced an oil tycoon Tex Richman who wants to take over the Muppet theatre and drill. Bolling saw this as an attack on the oil industry and capitalism. Media critic Dan Gainor went on and compared saving the theater to the present Occupy Movements. “This is what they’re teaching our kids. You wonder why we’ve got a bunch of Occupy Wall Street people walking all around the country: They’ve been indoctrinated, literally, for years by this kind of stuff,” He goes on to name many other movies and TV shows that portray big oil and other corporates as “bad”.

While I believe that this accusation is bit of a stretch, I think that there is still a central message. I do think that Hollywood and the other media have a real potential to convey ideas to kids. The left winged Hollywood has portrayed political ideas in movies like the Al Gore influenced “The Day After Tomorrow” and the Oscar winning “The Hurt Locker.” The media portrays big oil as “bad” early on in a child’s life as seen in the Muppets and other movies like Cars 2. Is this too far of a stretch? Is Hollywood really this political?

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  • sarahtrose  On December 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I think it’s definitely true that Hollywood and other media have an affect on children, but I think it’s a bit of a stretch to say that all of Hollywood has a political agenda. I don’t doubt that there are producers and writers with these hidden agendas and that they use Hollywood and other media to convey them, but to call the Muppets communist breaks my childhood heart.

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