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Diatribe: Gaga + Muppets = Confusion.

11/30/2013

lady_gaga_muppets_promo_heroAs far as I’m concerned, some thing just don’t go together at Thanksgiving. For example, I don’t like the combined taste of green beans and sage, I’ve never enjoyed cranberry sauce with turkey and I don’t enjoy the combination of Lady Gaga and The Muppets. Thursday night’s Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular on ABC left a particularly bad taste in my mouth.

I am, unashamedly, a lifelong fan of Jim Henson’s Muppets.  I loved the original Muppet Show and all of the Muppet feature films (except the most recent one) and highly recommend them to anyone with children.  For me, the Muppets represent “family entertainment” simply because Muppet comedy, traditionally, includes humor that is creative enough to amuse adults while still entertaining to children.

Since her rise to fame several years ago, I have also been a fan of Lady Gaga.  I find her music to be creative and new and her style of entertainment to be evolving and interesting.  As an individual, I think that she has taken monumental steps to bring attention to topics and causes that have benefited greatly from her assistance.  Her act, however, is far from “child friendly”.  Her costumes are consistently revealing and the lyrics and subject matter of her songs are not particularly targeted toward a family audience. (At least she and her guests pretty much covered up for this closing number.)

And this is primarily why I did not enjoy her holiday spectacular on ABC.  I squirmed as her cleavage jostled about as Kermit the Frog and Gonzo looked on.  Aside from the fact that the program was clearly intended to be a cross-promotional long-form commercial of sorts for both ABC/Disney’s upcoming Muppet big-screen project and Gaga’s recently released CD ARTPOP, it was an uncomfortable combination of burlesque and puppetry that I found difficult to watch much less enjoy.

Did you enjoy Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular?

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10 Comments
  1. Although the muppets were involved, I’m not sure this special was really targeted to the under 12 crowd – it aired at 9:30. If it were really aimed at the younger crowd it would have been on at 8.

    BTW – I love Rupaul but that was some tired dress she had on and so out of place for that song. Girl didn’t even try.

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  2. Ms. Piggy was jealous of Kermit being so close to another’s cleavage. I missed the fesitivities. Did the old men in the balcony state their disapproval of the performance as per usual?

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  3. OH…and wait until you see the trailer for the new “kids????” movie, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS. It’s PG!

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  4. I really wouldn’t call what she did ‘covering up.’ I swear she popped a boob out twice, not only that, the King Prawn muppet Pepe actually felt her up…. Its sad that there was so much of her promoting and not enough of their movie getting promoted.

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  5. I did not watch this, but may I point out Miss Piggy has always worn low cut dresses, she just doesn’t have any cleavage to fill out the dress. Children see women with cleavage everywhere & I think it’s great when a relevant artist and Muppets combine.

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  6. I think my ass just threw up into my mouth a little….

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