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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Kermit the Frog and the Confederate Flag from The Muppet Movie 1979

Kermit the Frog - The Muppet Movie 1979
Notice Confederate Flag in the background


In the Original Muppet Movie from 1979, the Confederate Flag makes an appearance when Kermit visits the Bogen County Fair. The County Fair scene is full of cameos that include Bob Hope and Richard Pryor.

Note that the American flags appear in a similar fashion with Fozzie and Gonzo. However the Confederate flag is reserved as a background for Kermit only.

Jim Henson was originally born in Mississippi. Apparently Henson's childhood would have included playtime around the swamps, which no doubt played a role in the genesis of Kermit the Frog. If you take a close look at Jim Henson, with his long beard - he is has an iconic confederate general stature. However, when Henson became a mainstream icon he was careful to hide his Mississippi Accent.

Kermit standing proudly for Southern Pride?

Perhaps America is ready for a Muppet Civil War Movie? Muppet humor mixed with history, song, love, and dance? The Sesame Street Gang can play on the northern side. Since those Muppets are from NYC. Imagine Bert, Ernie, the Cookie Monster, and the Count in union blue. But Oscar the Grouch must be anti-Lincoln and pro-states rights.

The Muppet Gang fights for the south or at least play as southerners. Kermit and Fozzie will don the grey uniform. The cranky smart mouth old farts - Waldorf and Statler are picture perfect plantation owners - owning Ralph the Dog. But Sam the Eagle plays as Sam Houston who refuses to fight the north due to his patriotism for America. Basically Sam the Eagle counters Oscar the Grouch.

It'd be educational, fun, and quite neato. Of course regular people should play Lincoln, Davis, and other important Generals and soldiers.

The "Kermit Confederate Flag"
















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