Nine Things on the Muppets

That wouldn\’t be allowed on TV today. This is absolutely superb, do read it all:

But whatever the laws and customs of the Muppet world may be, there’s simply no excuse for the actions of certain individuals. One calypso number involves Miss Piggy singing a rather flattering verse about her love for Kermit, only for a dismissive Kermit to respond with the couplet ‘table, napkin, knife and fork / is the only way to handle pork’. Even by ‘70s standards, this is surely the most repellent racial attack you could expect to see on television, far more hideous than notorious sitcoms of the era like Love Thy Neighbour, Curry and Chips or Let’s Stab the Amusing Paki. Mind you, in the wake of Celebrity Big Brother, it’s at least refreshing to see the pig-faced woman on the receiving end for a change.

And there\’s more:

Wagner from the Royal Opera House. Today’s cultural highlight on BBC4: Wagner’s epic masterpiece Siegfried and Roy, including Bryn Terfel’s masterful interpretation of the famous “This Tiger’s Eating My Face” aria. Next.

2 comments on “Nine Things on the Muppets

  1. I was taking great pleasure in the fact that such wonderfully crazy people can exist and be such tremendous fun too. Then I made the mistake of reading more of his blog. It seems it’s only the rest of us who can enjoy his craziness. Poor chap.

    Tim adds: Aye, there is that too.

  2. The writer is Lawrence Miles, a Doctor Who novelist and creator of a spin off series known as Faction Paradox. His beasthouse posts followed on from previous top 40 lists (out there on the internet somewhere), which included a systematic analysis of the top 40 on a monthly basis – just as witty and perceptive as his television reviews. For his fans from Doctor WHo novel days (of whom I am one) Miles is a Charlie Brooker type figure whose ideas always seemed bigger and better than the formats he worked in. Sadly he seems to have brought the blog to an end, and has threatened to wipe the archive (held at a mirror site now by one of his devoted followers).

    He has a thing about The Muppets. In one of his stand alone sf novels – This Town will never let us go there is the section (p 9)

    “The final musical number is set on a farm. Oh, of course: It’s got to be the Muppet version of Animal Farm. The man who must surely be Orwell stands among the pigs, dogs and mystery animals, doing his best to keep up with the real stars of the show. Who’s he supposed to be, though? Ah. he’s the farmer. Fair enough. Ironic, though, given the farmer’s meant to represent the weak, helpless old order. And look at Orwell’s face as he’s acted off screen by a bear in a necktie.
    A bear? in Animal Farm? Pff.”

    and so on
    ending with Miss Piggy in a fight with another animal character storming off to her dressing room, saying, “Well, obviously some animals are more equal than others.”

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