Muppet Communism is Plain "Waka Waka Waka"

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MOVIEGUIDE is shocked by the recent allegations of communism and liberalism made against THE MUPPETS MOVIE. Why is someone accusing poor little Kermit of going red? Clearly, it's not easy being green.

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Why is someone accusing poor little Kermit of going red? Clearly, it's not easy being green.

MOVIEGUIDE is shocked by the recent allegations of communism and liberalism made against THE MUPPETS MOVIE. Why is someone accusing poor little Kermit of going red? Clearly, it's not easy being green.

The main criticism, made by Eric Bolling on Fox News, is that the MUPPETS malign capitalism by featuring an oil tycoon villain, Tex, who wants to drill beneath Muppet Studio in order to increase his own fortune. Yet, the story of Ahab stealing Naboth's vineyard in the Book of Kings provides a clear parallel and, in the New Testament, Christ casts the unethical businessmen of his day out of the temple.

Almost anyone watching the movie will see that "THE MUPPETS in dialogue and action condemns self-interest, deceit, arrogance, and unethical business practices," notes Baylor Professor S.J. Murray. At the same time, Prof. Murray notes "the movie blatantly promotes a free market" where, as Kermy puts it, people can "start at the bottom and work our way up to the top."

Ted Baehr, publisher of MOVIEGUIDE.ORG, notes that "any child will get the clear messages in the dialogue that the movie full of wholesome, traditional values, including friendship, family, love, hard work." It even features a church choir bus driving past Kermit's mansion.

MOVIEGUIDE is with Fozzie on this one: at the end of the day, any suggestion that this year's MUPPETS MOVIE pushes a liberal or communist agenda is just plain "Waka Waka Waka."

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