The Muppets have gone adult! That’s a statement most of us didn’t think we would hear in our lifetime. But the fact is that the latest premiere of The Muppets has the, well, Muppets playing adult roles. They are people, just like us, who are working on their own late night show. To go along with their adult personality, they also do a lot of adult-ish things. Okay, adult is not exactly the correct use of the word here, but there is none better than it. That’s because the Muppets have been discussing various issues that grownups face. Some of these issues can be considered by many parents crass for their children. But, the truth is that Muppets has never been a kids’ show. It has always been a family show. It appealed to the grownup part of the kids, and the child in grownups hearts. By successfully catering to both these audiences, the show has stayed relevant for well over half a century of television programming. Now, they are doing what they do even better, which is addressing the issues that actually matter. Here’s how the latest The Muppets is discussing things that you should as well.
Expression of Emotions
While women experience gender bias in many walks of life, there has been some monumental shift in the recent years in how women are treated in the workplace, politics, or at home. However, it is the men who have become the forgotten gender. They have it beaten out of them from the childhood not to express their feelings, and to bottle it all up. They are expected to always be like a rock to provide for their family, to support them, and never show an ounce of weakness. Even among men, expressing emotions is seen as a sign of weakness.
Kermit the frog, has never let society dictate who he is and how he should behave. He has always been able to express his emotions clearly and confidently, especially to Miss Piggy. Being open about one’s emotions gets rid of the mind reading and passive aggressive statements between any couple. Muppets have been able to show this to the families really well.
Before the latest Muppets show premiered, Kermit and Piggy took to twitter and announced their breakup. Later, it was also revealed that Kermit was dating someone new, who is also a pig. Kermit then goes on to state that he and his alleged new love interest, Denise, are just friends. Each of these tweets was met with celebrity level gossip, with people discussing what could be the reason for their breakup, what would happen next, and so on. Although the showmakers might have intended to only take advantage of the marketing milestones this would achieve, it did more than that.
The teens and many adults today fill up their minds, and spend their precious energies in following garbage about things that hardly matter to them. Which celebrity broke up, with whom, and why – these things are given more importance than their very own career prospects or their children’s. This blind celebrity following culture is so strong that the fact that Kermit and Piggy are fictional characters did not even stop them from gossiping or reading about them. Who better to show this to us than the Muppets!
Every character of the Muppets gang is different. There is a frog, pig, bear, dog, rat, king prawn, and what not. Despite all the differences, everyone is friends and are close together like a family. There is never any discussion about how different they are. The only thing that matters to them is how they behave towards each other. All the differences between them, including their unique ways of thinking and acting, are celebrated. This is something that everyone needs to learn more in the country. Xenophobia, Muslim persecution resulting from terrorism, hatred towards Mexican immigrants, racial judgements against the blacks, and a host of other issues are hell bent on taking this country into the dark ages. America, as a country, was built on the efforts, ingenuity, and hard work of a variety of people. Whether they are first generation Americans, or an nth generation American, whose ancestors came to this country, along with Columbus, contributions from everyone is what made America great. Muppets show us how we can look past our differences and achieve greatness together.
Maturity at Workplace
Kermit and Piggy have recently divorced. But, that doesn’t mean that they are going to not talk to each other. They are working together on a new late night show together. In fact, Piggy is hosting the show, which is being executive produced by Kermit. This is a typical problem that many people face in their everyday life. No matter how much we try, workplace relationships are not easy to avoid. When they do happen, they can be outright disastrous for some people. People changing jobs, and cities, or requesting their superiors to transfer them to a different department, just because they couldn’t work with their ex anymore, is not unheard of. Muppets tackles this in high spirit. Both Kermit and Piggy work together, regardless of their long relationship, and they are comfortable with it.
Right from the start, the show has never been apologetic about its cast of characters. Sure, the number of men has always been higher than women. But, Piggy more than makes up for all of that. The writers have always given Piggy a powerful personality. She has never been shown to be subservient, or helpless. No matter what the situation, she can hold her fort. Now, Piggy has separated from Kermit. But, when they were together too, Kermit was never intimidated by her stature. Whatever she wanted to try, he always championed her, and helped her in any way that he can. This is a lesson for many men out there, who would not be comfortable with her aspirations. Piggy has not let her separation from Kermit become an impediment to her in any way, be it the career or life, which is something that women can take a leaf out of.
Now that the Muppets are adults, they are seen by viewers as responsible people, with maturity. So, whatever they say and do will have a subtle impact on the viewers’ character. By addressing these and many such issues, the Muppets are spreading awareness about them better than anyone on television right now.