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22 December 2011 @ 04:55 pm
Not quite back in the world, but if you can see this interview, watch it for a good laugh as Kermit and Jason Segal tackle the whole Muppet Communism Question* with Giles, an Australian journalist. Alas, I am not sure if the SMH allows international streaming. In case it doesn't, the unmissable bits include an Australian Customs Officer teasing Jason about being better looking on TV and ...

Jason: I just felt sad for him, because -- what happened in your life? ... Who goes into the most lovely, light-hearted, pleasant movie ever, and comes out thinking about politics and vitriol and all that? Just because we think everyone should have the same amount of money does not make us Communists!

Giles: The film suggests you've been a recluse for some time.
Kermit: Yes. A Communist recluse.
Jason: He has a really beautiful swamp in Cuba.

Giles: There are some amazing cameos in the film, who was the highpoint for you?
Kermit: Oddly enough, Kim Jong il.

Ah … sod the Sex Pistols, the Muppets were the truly anarchic symbols of my childhood. I'm so glad they're back :-)

* I confess that the link that explains the origins of the issue is to an article that mocks the originator. This was unavoidable, as even the Telegraph couldn't report on the story without taking the piss, bless em. I could, of course, have linked to Fox News, but in this world, pigs karate chop, they do not fly.
Sinsinden on December 22nd, 2011 07:17 am (UTC)
Muppets forever!

Next thing you know they'll be promoting equitable health care for all, those socialist agenda promoting commies!
auntpurl: holy shit I love youauntpurl on December 22nd, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)
HI-YAY! /misspiggy

I got your card! Thank you so much! It made me mile huge. I have completely failed with Xmas cards this year - nobody got one, not even my family. Pathetic. But I love you!
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on December 22nd, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Hilarious. I love the whole idea of Kermit being a benevolent dictator in his swamp in Cuba.
Kristina Anderssonkriscat on December 22nd, 2011 08:45 am (UTC)
I could watch it in sweden. :)
subtlefiresubtlefire on December 22nd, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, Kermit! :D :D ♥ ♥ ♥
veritas03veritas03 on December 22nd, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Oh good grief! It's the Muppets! How can you find fault with the Muppets?? Fox news makes my blood rise, so I never watch it. Unfortunately, I know several people who choose that as their only source of "news." I loved this:
The discussion that followed didn't just typify the Fox News mission to recast the outside world as leftwing propaganda; it threatened to usher in a whole new paradigm of stupid.

And considering it's Fox, that's really saying something. Thanks for posting this.

Nennenenne on December 22nd, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this. :) I look forward to seeing the movie.
women's lasers: abfab - patsysarcasticpixie on December 23rd, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
"I just wish liberals could leave little kids alone."

Sorry, Andrea Tantaros. As liberals, we believe in caring about children after they're ex utero. You may be familiar with a program called Head Start, which provides education, health, and general well-being services to children of low-income families. In fact, I know you're familiar with it, because YOU KEEP TRYING TO DEFUND IT.

I sometimes wonder if I could be a teensy bit more tolerant towards people who lean conservative, but then I come to my senses and realize that they see the world through a lens that I find fundamentally warped. The free market does not solve everything, monetary wealth is not an accurate indicator of your worth as a person, taxes are something you pay because roads are pretty important, and those of us who are warm and fed and secure have a duty to help the less-fortunate not only through voluntary charitable giving but also through a progressive taxation system that preserves often hard-won personal wealth while addressing fundamental systemic inequalities. Oh, and what a woman does with her body is her own damn business.


Also, I saw the Muppet movie with my mom last month and I laughed so hard I was nearly in tears. The Muppets represent everything that is good and heartwarming in this world without being saccharine. AND CAMILLA DID "CLUCK YOU," WHICH WAS AMAZING.