The Newsmax host dared Muppets to participate in his show and debate it
Remember earlier this year when Republicans tried to save Dr. Seuss, Pepé Le Pew, Mr. Potato Head and many more from evil libs? We are well past that. This past weekend, the GOP experienced another of its unpredictable changes of heart. Now they’re mad at Big Bird, all because the fictional bird told the kids to get the shot. It’s been wild and weird, with everyone from Ted Cruz to Laura Ingraham, for a fictional character who dared to tell children to stay healthy during a once-in-a-century public health crisis.
And now Newsmax has stepped into the ring. According to The daily beast, host Eric Bolling – who left Fox News in 2017 amid allegations of sexual misconduct – devoted part of his show Monday to denouncing Big Bird and his neighbors, bragging about saying “there is 15 years that Sesame Street has been a bunch of Communists, ”like a perfectly sane adult human wont to do. On Tuesday he was back, this time extending his anger to their cousins the Muppets.
Like the people on Sesame Street, Bolling and the Muppets go back a long way. He has had their number for ages, telling his audience that this is not the “first time that these smug little Communists have tried to infect the minds of our youngest and most vulnerable children.” (That’s right, Big Bird was preaching for vaccinations for almost 50 years.)
Bolling then showed clips of his other battles with inanimate objects animated by human puppeteers with funny voices. There was that time, during a Fox Business segment in 2011, when he compared the Muppets to “Communist China.” Bolling was one of many far-right commentators who spoke out against that year’s rebirth film, simply titled The Muppets. It wasn’t that they felt it let the franchise down. Rather, they were insulted that the villain was a Texas oil baron named Tex Richman, played by Chris Cooper. (No such hubbub happened when the 1979s The Muppets movie made his villain into a villainous Southern capitalist played by Charles Durning.)
“Here’s what happened: The Muppets accused an oil lord of shutting down the studio. It’s cute, you oppressive little Muppets, ”Bolling said after his clip. “They didn’t even try to hide their contempt for success by naming the guy Tex Richman, but I took them to task.” He certainly did.
Bolling also showed a clip of him first apologizing to Kermit the Frog for helping to create a ridiculous controversy over a puppet movie, only to dare him and Miss Piggy to a debate – moderate, was he suggested, by Donald Trump. (Again, this was in 2011.)
The Newsmax host added that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy “never accepted this offer from me.”
It was clear that Bolling was still bitter. In a tone oscillating between sarcasm and seriousness, he called Miss Piggy “a portly pink model who went to the media to smear me for exposing her left-wing tyranny.” He then extended the offer to characters who aren’t real.
“Guess what? The invitation is still open Miss Piggy, if you or your emasculated frog boyfriend Kermit want to join this office, it’s free,” Bolling sang, looking at a Kermit doll. ‘they were just ideologues and now I think they’re just stuck on nonsense. “He added,” I mean, they don’t get it. “
At least Bolling tried to be humorous, even if it’s awkward. Ted Cruz and Laura Ingraham almost seem to think they are mad at real anthropomorphic animals.
(Going through The daily beast)