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Muppets fight back against Fox anti-capitalism claims (VIDEO)

Muppet characters Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog pose during a photocall promoting the movie 'The Muppets' in Berlin. (THOMAS PETER/REUTERS)

Fox Business Network host Eric Bolling made the connection between “The Muppets” and a liberal agenda back in December on “Follow the Money.” Because the film features an evil oil baron named Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper), Bolling said that the movie was indoctrinating children into negative views of capitalism, and his guest, Dan Gainor of the conservative Media Research Center, made a connection to Occupy Wall Street and environmentalism. Said Gainor: “Ultimately what [“The Muppets”] are telling kids is what they told you in the movie ‘The Matrix:’ that mankind is a virus on poor, old Mother Earth.”

Kermit was quick to dispute that. “If we had a problem with oil companies, why would we have spent the entire film driving around in a gas-guzzling Rolls-Royce?” he asked journalists, referring to a road trip scene in the film.

Miss Piggy went a step further: “It’s almost as laughable as accusing Fox News as, you know, being news,” she said. “Boy, that’s going to be all over the Internet,” replied Kermit. Yep! You can watch it below.

And here’s the original Fox video:

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