In an e-mail send to their probably-far-fewer-than-a-million subscribers, the One Million Moms activist group in concerned about the new version of The Muppets TV show, airing on ABC from next week.
The mature version of "The Muppets" will cover a range of topics from sex to drugs. Miss Piggy came out as a pro-choice feminist during an MSNBC interview. The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond are now weighing in on abortion and promiscuity.
ABC hopes children watch the show and predict they would enjoy some of the humor, but 1MM would disagree. It is not the show it once was. ABC has ruined "The Muppets." How many parents want to explain the punchline of sexually charged jokes to young children?
Many parents unknowingly will let their children watch an episode only to find out its perverted nature too late, unless they are alerted ahead of time. 1MM and others need to get the word out to families to avoid this program at all costs. Please forward this to everyone you know!
They include a contact link and phone number, as well as a sample e-mail to send to Robert Iger at Disney.
As a parent and a member of OneMillionMoms.com, I strongly encourage ABC and Disney to drop all plans to air the new version of "The Muppets." 1MM 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. No subject is off limits in ABC's Muppet Show aimed at a mature audience, and it is not suitable for family viewing.
Children will not enjoy this perverted humor on topics they are far too young to comprehend or understand. ABC has ruined "The Muppets" by introducing adult subjects to children. How many adults will want to tune in to watch "The Muppets" only to end up having an embarrassing conversation with their children?
ABC and Disney need to stick to entertaining families instead of pushing agendas. ABC is deciding to be politically correct versus providing clean, family-friendly programming. Your company could easily revise the storyline of this program, which uses characters children have grown to love.
I do not appreciate your network attempting to trick my family into watching a vile show. If your producers air this program as originally planned, my family will have no choice but to no longer watch the ABC Network at all in our home so we can avoid the previews and commercials for this irresponsible new show. I will not allow ABC in my home unless you produce and air family-friendly programming.
Of course, you could send a very supportive phone call or e-mail instead… your call.
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