Watching old episodes of The Muppet Show with my three-year-old, I’m reminded of the Katy Perry Sesame Street scandal from a few years ago. Granted, Gonzo and the gang have always been more envelope-pushing than their daytime puppet counterparts, but it is nevertheless a little bit off-key-sounding to hear Kermit describe Raquel Welch as “sexy” (and check out her sassy costume in this dance number!). The Green One sums it up quite succinctly at the end of the episode (I paraphrase): “Raquel Welch, you may not have changed your image by being on the show, but you’ve certainly changed ours!”
In another episode, James Coco, at his most fabulous, has big ideas about how to add “sex appeal” (his words, not mine) to the show: by bringing in dancing girls. (Rolf as Dr. Bob: “I can’t take out this patient’s appendix.” Nurse Piggy: “What can you take out?” Dr. Bob: “The blonde on the right!”)
Also? Check out this discussion about Gonzo macking on Big Bird in the Leslie Uggams episode. For Big Bang Theory fans, Gonzo is most definitely the Howard Wolowitz of the Muppet crew.
So far I haven’t had to field any questions about where babies come from, so all this sexy talk is clearly going over my son’s head. He’s more interested in Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem Band. (BTW, are they stoned or what? A discussion for another day.)
And if you need a reminder about how to annoy your Muppet-averse boss in two minutes or less…