The Muppets have been accused of brainwashing a nation’s children with Communist propaganda because their new movie features as its villain the chief executive of an oil company.
This surreal controversy erupted this week after Eric Bolling, a right-wing pundit of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox network, voiced outrage at the fact that Tex Richman, the film’s fictional baddy, is a wealthy businessman who made his fortune from fossil fuels.
In a segment of his business show Follow the Money, which rapidly went viral, Bolling said he was disgusted that a movie aimed at young audiences should portray successful job creators in such a negative fashion.
“We’re teaching our kids class warfare,” he said. “What are we? Communist China?”
The full clip can be viewed here; sit down, take a deep breath and watch it if you dare.