By Barney Henderson
Eric Bolling, host of Fox’s “Follow the Money” criticised the character of Tex Richman, the villain in the new The Muppets film. “Liberal Hollywood depicting a successful businessman as evil? That’s not new,” he said. Bolling added he came from a poor background and his parents would point out wealthy individuals as aspirational ideals, “not pointing the finger at Tex Richman and saying he’s a bad guy”.
Dan Gainor from the conservative Media Research Center took up the theme. “This is a Muppet movie,” said Gainor. “The only thing green that should be up there on that screen is Kermit the Frog.” Fellow Fox host Andrea Tantaros then also criticised “Sesame Street,” where The Muppets began. An episode of “Sesame Street” screened in October featured a family without enough money to buy food.
“We’ve got Medicaid, there’s a record number of people out there on food stamps … there’s all these kinds of programmes out there to take care of hungry kids,” Tantaros said. “Why would that Muppet be starving?” Bolling then suggested that the villain in The Muppets film “should be the Obama administration”. The host then asked, apparently exasperated: “Where are we? Communist China?” His views were called “pretty Orwellian” by Occidental College politics professor Caroline Heldman.