If you've been wondering what sort of monster could possibly not like the Muppets, there is now an answer: the monsters at Fox News, obviously.
This weekend, the Fox Truth Train finally arrived to derail all the unbridled positivity that's surrounded the Muppets since their movie comeback began. In a segment that would be pretty funny if it weren't seemingly serious, some Fox people and Dan Gainor of the conservative Media Research Center took the recent Muppet film to task for Chris Cooper's villainous rich oil tycoon, Tex Richman. Though most reviewers and audience members naïvely took the antagonist--who hopes to tear down the Muppets' theater to drill for oil--as an exaggerated villain archetype in the manner of Kevin Sorbo in Tommy and the Cool Mule, Fox dutifully informed its viewers that, in actuality, the character and entire film were an attack on the noble oil industry and capitalism as a whole. After all, if the Muppet Theater were truly a viable, necessary business, would it not have profited, or at least been granted government bailout money?
Here's the dumbest conversation:
Geez, Liberal Hollywood, would you please stop shoving Captain Planet and George Clooney's Syriana down our children's throats? The next generation should be given their own opportunity to decide whether to judge oil baron caricatures for for tearing down theaters that were probably just run by hippies, gays, and idiots who believe in global warming, anyway.
Besides, everyone knows that having a villain named "Richman" isn't an attack on the rich. It's an attack on the Jews.