The ABC revival of “The Muppets,” scheduled to premiere tonight as part of the Alphabet Network’s new fall prime-time lineup, finds itself in the crosshairs of a family values group.
Fortune reports that the conservative group One Million Moms wants ABC to pull the plug on the program, which the group calls “perverted.”
ABC, which has heavily promoted the reboot, has made it clear that the new show is more adult-themed than the kids’ show of the 1970s.
“In the run-up to the show’s premiere, ABC’s promotional campaign has focused on Kermit and Miss Piggy’s alleged breakup and subsequent rebound relationships, the porcine star’s promiscuity, Fozzie Bear’s relationship with a woman, and even included an ad with a Kermit clad in only a scarf that brags, ‘Finally, a network TV show with full frontal nudity,'” Fortune reports.
In a petition launched by One Million Moms, the group warns parents: “1MM (One Million Moms) suspects there are going to be a lot of shocked moms and dads when they discover that the family-friendly Muppets of the 1970s are no more. It appears that no subject is off limits. … The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond are now weighing in on abortion and promiscuity.”
The group is encouraging parents to put pressure on ABC to cancel the program.