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Sometimes a Movie is Just a Movie, Relax

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Sometimes movies can have blatantly political agendas. Sometimes they’re a little more subtle with political messages. And other times, they’re just movies. Last weekend I saw the new Muppets movie. I loved it. I grew up with The Muppets and I’m thrilled that the old gang is being introduced to a new generation, complete with cheeky humor, celebrity cameos, and catchy sing alongs.

In a nutshell, the story revolves around the Muppets, long since disbanded, having to get back together and put on a telethon to save their old theater from being razed and drilled by an evil oil baron (played perfectly with slippery glee by Chris Cooper).

Sure, it’s a general idea that’s been done before in different permutations, but as always with the Muppets, madcap hijinks ensue. And that’s it in a nutshell. It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s silly, it’s a movie.

What blew my mind was when I came across an article today trying to politicize the movie, complete with pundits claiming that the movie is trying to, “…manipulate your kids, to convince them, give the anti-corporate message“.

Really? Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Gonzo as puppets (pun intended) of some political agenda??

In general, you can find a message in just about anything if you look hard enough (little known fact, song writers Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart have come right out and said that The Monkees bubblegum hit Last Train To Clarksville was intended to slip in an anti-Vietnam message). But come on, sometimes harmless entertainment is just that, harmless.

Besides, if your 8 year old is taking a political message from Rainbow Connection, you may have a future Mensa member on your hands.

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