Fox Uncovers The Latest Threat To America: The Muppets

Fox Business Channel recently ran a segment discussing how the new Muppet Movie is brainwashing kids:

Guys, it’s just a movie. Calm down, okay?

H/T: Think Progress

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. James H says:

    I, for one, welcome our felt-covered overlords.

  2. Eric says:

    You know, going off of what conservatives should make a movie that has the oil save a person’s life, since it gives the fuel for the ambulance to go to hospital. Not like how people actually act in real life with business.

  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    I just saw the movie last night. I don’t know what the heck this guy is complaining about. For those of you haven’t seen it, WARNING spoilers:

    Chris Cooper plays a benevolent businessman who only wants to finally solve America’s energy crisis in the only way possible–through Drill baby Drilling. The muppets, who are introduced in a state of homelessness, dirtiness, and general nastiness (you know, liberals), do everything they can to thwart the this fine American. Chris Cooper continues to try to put a dilapadated piece of property–that is clearly an eyesore and a derelict–to good use by creating an industrial center. Instead the pro-strong central government muppets again try to use archaic zoning laws and legal loopholes to keep a piece of property they aren’t even using (a call for tort reform anyone?)

    In the end, Chris Cooper tries to remind everyone what’s at stake by turning out the lights on the muppet’s useless variety show. It’s a visual queue showing the audience that if we let our propensity for childhood romanticisms stand in the way of economic progress, the lights are out for us as a nation–both literally and figuratively.

    I, for one, am glad this movie was made so I can take my children (well, I don’t have any–so children off the street I guess) to it and show them the wonderful future our kids can have if we simply let the oil barons and other captains of industry do what needs to be done to get this economy going again.

    At the end of the movie I’ll also burn an effigy of Mickey Mouse, and then pull the beard off of the mall’s Santa for good measure.

  4. I wonder what FOX news would say if a movie like Alien (or Aliens) was released today, or the hundreds of other movies that present a corporation or a rich guy as the bad guy.

    And I’m confused, is this moron saying the machines in the Matrix were presented as the protagonists?

    And in what fantasy world does FOX think that the recession/depression started under Obama? How brainwashed does someone have to be to actually watch this stuff and take it seriously?

    And how are kids being forced to watch this? I thought Republicans believed in freedom of speech (respect for the constitution et al. ad nauseum), is anyone forcing children to watch a Muppets movie?

  5. wr says:

    @Neil Hudelson: You can take those kids to the theater, but not to see the movie. Give them mops and brooms and set them to cleaning the place out after the last show. That will teach them a work ethic, and let them know at an early age that kids who are rich get to see movies while they will be priveleged to clean up after them.

    Newt 2012!

  6. anjin-san says:

    And in what fantasy world does FOX think that the recession/depression started under Obama?

    bithead made that exact claim in here the other day. Fox has done its job well… perception becomes reality.

  7. Eric says:

    @Timothy Watson:
    Yeah I was confused also when the guy brought up The Matrix reference. I really think that people like Dan Gainor just try to find any little excuse to blame it on liberals. Thank God not all conservatives are like him, but with the outlet like Fox News, that balance can change.

  8. Franklin says:

    I don’t know how to break it to you, folks. I hope you’re sitting down for this: many entertainers are also progressives. Shocking, I know.

  9. MM says:

    @anjin-san: The “Obama recession” is a widely used phrase on the right (which you can expect to hear even more of in 2012, I imagine. Glenn Reynolds of instapundit fame spent most of 2008 doing “Dude, where’s my recession?” posts too, so it’s not just FOX News, but the right-wing media narrative will always be that things are terrible when Democrats are in charge and amazing when Republicans are, regardless of how things actually are in the non-pundit world.

  10. The evil business man has been a stock villain in melodramas (and muppet movie are essentially melodramas with puppets) for more than a century, and the one in the new Muppet movie (which I might add is excellent and should be seen by everyone) is so over the top cartoony, you have to be brained damaged to think it was intended as a comment on actual oil companies. Treating it as commentary about economic policy is like trying to argue that Snidely Whiplash was really about Light Rail infrastructure.

  11. James H says:

    Treating it as commentary about economic policy is like trying to argue that Snidely Whiplash was really about Light Rail infrastructure.

    He isn’t? Nobody ever tells me these things …

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:



    2 words that should never appear in the same sentence.