Movies, like all forms of art, can have different meanings to different people. But more often than not, how you respond to a film says as much about you as it does about the film itself. So the fact that Fox Business News finds an insidious message for kids in Jason Segel's family-friendly hit ... well, make of that what you will.
The Muppets, in case you haven't seen it yet, follows Kermit and the gang (with help from Jason Segel, Amy Adams and a new character named Walter) as they put on a telethon to save their beloved Muppet Studios from an oil baron who wants to level it and drill.
And what message does Follow the Money host Eric Bolling pull from this? "Is liberal Hollywood using class warfare to brainwash our kids?" he asks, while one of his "experts" lumps The Muppets and Cars 2 in the same category as Syriana and There Will Be Blood.
The truth is ... yes, The Muppets paints Chris Cooper's Tex Richman as an unrepentant villain. And he's after money, pure and simple. He's evil and wealthy. What Bolling and friends don't seem to realize, or decide not to point out, is that, in The Muppets, Kermit is living in a Beverly Hills mansion, with a robot driving his Rolls Royce; Gonzo is a successful toilet magnate; and Miss Piggy is a tres fabulous magazine editor at Paris Vogue. And, decades ago, the Muppets signed the "standard rich and famous contract."
See, the Muppets are the 1 percent.
But, rather than see that The Muppets paints both sides of the rich-person picture—that you can be rich and noble just as easily as you can be rich and vile—it's easier to find selective evidence condemning Hollywood and shout "brainwashing!" from the rooftops.