The recently released The Muppets movie may be the darling of critics and box offices, but conservatives are criticizing the film for allegedly promoting liberal—even communist—ideas. Friday's broadcast of Fox Business's Follow the Money featured host Eric Bolling slamming the family film: "We're teaching our kids class warfare. Where are we, Communist China?" His guest, Dan Gainor of right-leaning think tank Media Research Center agreed,
This is what they're teaching our kids. You wonder why we've got a bunch of Occupy Wall Street people walking all around the country: They've been indoctrinated, literally, for years by this kind of stuff.
In The Muppets, the villainous oil businessman Tex Richman seeks to demolish the Muppets' treasured theater so he can drill for oil, and the Muppets work together to save the theater. Said Bolling, "The Muppets are back and being terrorized by an evil oil executive in their new movie... Liberal Hollywood depicting a successful businessman as 'evil,' that's not new." Progressive watchdog group Media Matters flagged the broadcast, igniting a partisan debate across the blogosphere over the vilification of the oil baron character. On Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood: "In Hollywood, daring to cast a Muslim character can be considered a hate crime, but repeatedly casting businessmen, Christians and Southerners as villains is enlightened." Glenn Beck's The Blaze also weighed in on the movie. Some are mocking the debate however. Huffington Post ended its write-up on the Fox Business broadcast with, "The Teletubbies were unavailable for comment. Mahna-Mahna."
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