From RICHARD ROEPER at the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES:
After multiple viewings of the now-infamous Fox Business Network’s take on the new “Muppets” movie, I can come to only one conclusion.
Bonkers. They’re bonkers.
In a segment on “Follow the Money,” FBN’s Eric Bolling paired up with Dan Gainor of the right-wing Media Research Center to deliver a report that seemed straight out of “Saturday Night Live.”
“Liberal Hollywood depicting a businessman as evil, that’s not new,” said Bolling. “Dan, let’s point this out, this oil muppet, evil man that he is, is called Tex Richman.”
Gainor: “Yeah, it’s amazing how far the left will go just to stoop, to manipulate your kids, to convince them, to give [them] an anti-corporate message, I mean . . .”
Bolling: “I’ll put it out there. Is liberal Hollywood using class warfare to kind of brainwash our kids?”
Bolling asked that with a straight face. And he wasn’t even wearing a tinfoil hat.
Are the Muppets communists?
Gainor’s response to the absurd “brainwash” question: “Yeah, absolutely. And they’ve been doing it for decades. I mean, Hollywood, the left, the media, they hate the oil industry and they hate corporate America and so do all those movies attacking it.”
Gainor then reminded us we need oil for many things, including to fuel an ambulance to “get you to the hospital if you need that, but they don’t want to tell you that story.” Then he tied Hollywood to the Occupy Movement and brought it all back to “The Matrix.” Uh-huh.
Andrea Tantaros of Fox’s “The Five” chimed in: “It is brainwashing in its most obvious form. I just wish liberals would leave little kids alone.”
“The Muppets” is brainwashing in its most obvious form? Wow. Wow to the wow.
For those of you haven’t seen “The Muppets,” the cartoonish villain is indeed an oil man named Tex Richman — but he’s the villain not because he’s an oil man but because he wants to destroy the Muppets’ theater to drill for oil underneath. It’s not as if there’s an Ed Begley Muppet driving a Prius and saying, “If only Tex Richman understood there are alternatives . . . ”
The idea of a liberal Hollywood agenda to brainwash children is funnier than any comedy I’ve seen this year. You know what matters to Hollywood? Making money. “The Muppets” movie is produced by a little company called Disney, one of the most profitable and admired corporate names in the history of civilization.
As usual, the only color that matters to “liberal Hollywood” is green, as in profit.
We’ve gotta get Bolling and Gainor to re-screen “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Talk about an anti-American movie. (In 1947, an FBI memo to J. Edgar Hoover noted the Mr. Potter banker character was “the most hated man in the picture . . . a common trick used by communists.”) Here you have wonderful old Mr. Potter, the wealthiest and most powerful man in all of Bedford Falls, and he’s depicted as this hateful villain merely because he wants George Bailey and the rest of those 99 percenters to be held accountable.