Fox & Friends lashes out at Muppets Babies for pushing “left-wing messaging”

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Citation From the August 03, 2021, edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): In other news, we haven't done anything about cartoons yet or about animated series.

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Normally we don't cover that.

DOOCY: We don't. Muppets Babies has a character by the name of Gonzo. Gonzo wanted to attend a royal ball. And I believe we've got a clip where Gonzo wanted to wear a dress and two characters said to him that boys are not supposed to wear -- boys are supposed to wear knight clothes. 

EARHARDT: Knight costumes.

DOOCY: K-N-I-G-H-T clothes. However, a fairy rat father according to the story granted Gonzo's wish to become a princess. And that's what happens. Watch this.


EARHARDT: So then at the end of the ball, the glass slipper is left and they're trying to find out who it belongs to and Miss Piggy says, We met the most amazing princess last night at the ball."And then Gonzo says, "There's something I need to tell you, the princess who came to the ball tonight was me. And then some of the other muppets said it wasn't very nice of us to tell you what to wear to the ball. 

PETE HEGSETH (GUEST CO-HOST): Gonzorella makes his debut. Is this what kids were clamoring for from the muppets? Cross-dressing? Was that a big ask? Something they were missing in their lives? What this is is, I mean, you can overdo it, but we've also underdone it for too long. We've allowed places like this to say, okay, yeah let's throw a little bit of this in there, a little bit more gender-fluid, maybe we'll throw some cross-dressing in there, and expect culturally for us not to change, and we have. And that's — it's cartoons like this which influence kids which are a part of that.


HEGSETH: I have watched a lot of Disney Junior over the last couple of years.

DOOCY: Of course.

HEGSETH: It is amazing the amount of subtle and not-so-subtle left-wing messaging that you get.