I like to refer to it as "MuppetGate"... especially since it is starting to get as much press as any other "-gate:"
Can't "they" (the universal "they" that's always out there)...can't "they" realize it's a movie?!? Not a propagandizing anti-capitalist attack. Movies have plots. Some plots are against the bad guy... and some bad guys are oil tycoons. The plot point of the movie is that Tex Richman wants to tear down the Muppets' theater, which is something that the Muppet love. Which is the point of the story: be passionate enough about something you love and do what you can to save it.
To quote a friend of mine:
"I guess boycotting A Charlie Brown Christmas is next, since they [the Peanuts gang] didn't splurge on the big shiny corporate Christmas tree, but bought the little, organic one. If you don't like the Muppet movie for 'anti-capitalistic' reasons, well, then you shouldn't like Charlie Brown. Or for that matter, any Muppet movie."Plus, hasn't Kermit had it rough enough? I mean, come on, man! He's an amphibian living in a human world. He's lived the life faced with the fact that it's not easy to be green, he's in love with a pig, and now he's facing name callers and bullies telling him he's unAmerican AND a Commie? Yes, that indeed is high travesty in my book!
In today's world, where a song and a smile are a welcome respite, I will always choose the Muppets. It brings new meaning to the "Man or Muppet" Song from this now-controversial Muppet movie. Maybe I'm naive to think that movies can be fun and entertaining alone, lacking of bipartisanship & name-calling negativity. Or perhaps, just perhaps, I'm a very wo-man Muppet.... or maybe rather, a Muppet of a wo-man.
Muppet Movie Poster from http://www.daemonsmovies.com/2011/07/31/the-muppets-2011-new-posters-jason-segel-and-amy-adams/the-muppets-movie-poster-03/; Muppet pic from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/muppets-are-communist-her_n_1131408.html, "Muppet or Man" Video from http://youtu.be/m5iN0QNT6Uk