Life’s a happy song, but not when Fox Business is singing along. The network is upset that the new Muppets movie, The Muppets, features an oil tycoon as a villain, with various contributors complaining last week that the film amounts to “indoctrination” of young people into “hating corporate America” that borders on “Communist[ic].” Dan Gainor of the conservative Media Research Center agreed with host Eric Bolling that “liberal Hollywood is using class warfare to brainwash our kids” and the discussion rambled on from there. Watch it, via Media Matters:
If any of these talking heads had actually seen The Muppets, they would know that Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper) isn’t out to destroy the Muppets because he wants oil, but because he wants only money and despises love. In his rap song “Let’s Talk About Me,” he tells you that all there is to him is that “I got mo’ money.”
The discussion unraveled into attacks against President Obama, the 99 Percent movement, and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). Andrea Tantaros, host of “The Five” over on Fox News, implored that Tex Richman embodies “The American Dream,” and Bolling suggested that teaching that wealth is bad amounts to Communism.
The Muppets, on the other hand, offers a very simple message of friendship and love to its viewers in its final number:
We’ve got everything that we need, we can be whatever we want to be. Nothing we can’t do, the skies are blue when it’s me and you and you and you. Life’s a happy song when there’s someone by your side to sing along.
It’s nothing new for Fox News and Fox Business to defend corporate interests, but who knew they seemingly oppose the unimpeachable messages of cooperation that the Muppets have been promoting for decades?