As pop culture continues to evolve, a trend has formed that is leading us in an interesting direction. Violence and sexual activity have taken over the airwaves, leaving morality and kindness as a mere afterthought.
To change this trend would be an extraordinary feat, and only one entity has the ability to do just that: The Muppets.
The Muppets were an idea of the past, a group of happy-go-lucky puppets that were no longer relevant and whose spirit died alongside Jim Henson in the early ’90s.
Fortunately, in November of last year, Jason Segel revived the Muppets in a new movie that successfully recreated the magic Jim Henson brought to his creation during his lifetime. It was obvious Segel loved the Muppets, and he wanted nothing more than to showcase their crazy antics for a new generation.
I cannot remember the last time I felt as good as I did after watching a film than I did after watching “The Muppets” a few weeks ago.
I was compelled to find old episodes of “The Muppet Show” and any other form of media that I could be further exposed to the greatness that is the Muppets.
The Muppets bring a consistent variety of humor between song, dance and skits that does not need sex and violence to be funny or edgy. Whether it is the commentary on Fozzy’s horrible jokes, Gonzo’s reckless attempts at being a daredevil or Animal’s uncontrollable desire to drum, the Muppets are always creative with their comedy without ever losing their kind spirit.
This is an element pop culture is missing, and bringing back “The Muppet Show” would only help add that missing piece to the puzzle. I am not advocating that we need to get rid of all the violence and sexual activity on television because those things makes it compelling and exciting.
The world needs Rick Grimes killing zombies with a pick-ax and Barney Stinson’s never-ending quest to sleep with every woman on Earth; however, a weekly dose of the Muppets would help balance out some of the violence and give viewers an alternative to all the sexual activity that is so present in pop culture.
Admittedly, the Muppets will never fully recreate the magic they had when Jim Henson was still alive, but with the right person in charge, they could still put on an outstanding show every week. Jason Segel clearly has a love for the product, and with “How I Met Your Mother” nearing its end, there could be an opening in his career that would allow him to take over the Muppet product.
Our generation truly needs the Muppets because we are quickly being desensitized to elements that would have greatly disturbed viewers a few decades ago. Give them a weekly television show, and let them bring their unique brand of humor to a new demographic of viewers.