With news that the Jim Henson Company has severed ties with Chick-fil-A over CEO Dan Cathy's anti-gay politics, The Daily Beast rounded up some clips showing Henson's most famous creations, the Muppets, combating social, cultural and economic ills, including childhood hunger, biased media and discrimination.
I've included two videos — President Bill Clinton and HIV-positive Muppet Kami discussing HIV/AIDS and a longer one of Big Bird and company battling bullying — AFTER THE JUMP, but the entire collection is worth a view.
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During E!'s live Oscar countdown yesterday, Darren Criss and Kermit performed a duet of "Rainbow Connection" at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Man or Muppet ♫ ...You won't see Walter or Jim Parsons at the Oscars
BY NATHANIEL ROGERS
Do you recall that brief 'Have the Muppets host the Oscars!' fanwagon that erupted in the window between Eddie Murphy quitting as host (following the Brett Ratner anti-gay slur) and Billy Crystal signing on again? Needless to say the Academy never considered it. They have a tough time thinking outside the box but Billy Crystal fits squarely inside it.
To add insult to injury for Muppet lovers when the Oscar nominations were announced only one song from The Muppets (2011) was nominated, "Man or Muppet", despite the film being the only real musical this year and despite three songs being eligible. Oscar rules now only allow two nominees from any one film in that category but most pundits believed that The Muppets would max-out by way of either the rousing sing-along "Life's a Happy Song" or Kermit's ballad "Pictures in My Head".
Now comes even worse news. MORE AFTER THE JUMP...
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