Muppets Finally Respond to Fox News Accusations of Being Anti-Oil [Video]

The Muppets came out swinging with a long-awaited response to Fox Business News’ accusation that their new film is anti-oil, anti-corporate propaganda meant to influence children.

Last month, Fox Business spent seven minutes (below) unraveling the left wing conspiracy in the latest Muppet movie. Now the Muppets, not taking things lying down, struck back, Open Culture reports.

Appearing at a press conference in London last week, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy rebutted Fox’s charges in one comic minute.

“It’s a funny thing, they were concerned about us having some prejudice against oil companies, and I can tell you, that’s categorically not true,” Kermit the Frog said late last week in a press conference in England, when asked about Fox anchor Eric Bolling’s assertion in December that the puppets were part of liberal Hollywood’s vendetta against oil companies.

Kermit and Miss Piggy were in England last week promoting the U.K. release of The Muppets, and were asked about the kerfuffle by a British reporter. Photo: Loren Javier/Flickr

“If we have a problem with oil companies,” Kermit asked, “why would we have spent the entire film driving around a gas-guzzling Rolls Royce?” Then Miss Piggy jumped in: “It’s almost as laughable as accusing Fox News as, you know, being news.”

Actually, according to The Huff Post, Miss Piggy was more combative and political. “Boy, that’s gonna be all over the Internet,” Kermit said, after the applause dies down.

To which Miss Piggy smartly replied: “If they take what I say seriously, they got a real big problem.”

The Muppets were created in the 1950s by Jim Henson and are now owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Kermit is voiced by Steve Whitmire and Miss Piggy by Eric Jacobson but it is not clear how much of what the characters say at publicity events is scripted and how much is ad-libbed.

In December, the film’s director, James Bobin, also fended off the criticism, telling The Hollywood Reporter that, “Cable news is 24 hours long so you have to fill it up with something.

No, the Muppets are not communist. And the character of Tex Richman is not an allegory for capitalism in any way. The character is called Tex Richman,” he said.

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