Another day, another fictional character being canceled! And this time, it’s The Muppets’ very own Miss Piggy…
Because following the axing of the controversial Looney Tunes skunk, Pepe Le Pew, people have been calling for Miss Piggy to be next.
Read on to find out why people want the iconic glamorous pig to be gone for good…
Now, the so-called cancel-culture has been dominating the virtual world as of late.
Traditionally, the term “canceled” means to “dismiss something”, or to “reject an individual or an idea”, as per Dictionary.
But, in the last year or so, the act of “canceling” has taken on a whole new meaning entirely.
Canceling someone – whether it be rejecting them, ignoring them, publicly opposing their views or actions, or depriving them of time and attention – has become the go-to tactic for disgruntled and offended internet-goers.
Celebrities and public figures are the most common targets of this new cancel-culture.
Perhaps the most memorable example is the previously-beloved mastermind behind the Harry Potter franchise, J.K Rowling, who was savagely “canceled” after expressing her views on women and gender.
In June last year, the author shared a link to an article titled: “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”
She then commented:
“‘People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
The backlash was astounding…
And, almost instantly, the internet was alight with allegations of transphobia and even some calls for Rowling and the Harry Potter franchise to be canceled and boycotted entirely.
Another high-profile figure to face the wrath of cancel culture recently was Ivanka Trump.
Amid President Trump’s controversial response to the BLM protests last summer, his daughter was hastily dropped by Wichita State University Tech in Kansas just hours after it had been revealed she would be giving a speech to its students.
Obviously, Ivanka was furious with the decision…
And blasted both the university and cancel-culture, pointing out that “campuses should be bastions of free speech.”
So, as you can see from these examples alone…
On social platforms such as Twitter, canceling users with opposing views has become the norm – but does that mean it’s the way forward?
In recent months, more and more people have been speaking out against cancel culture…
By arguing that it is a form of bullying and will be the “death of free speech.”
But this hasn’t stopped it’s wrath…
And even fictional characters aren’t safe from as today’s story certainly proves.
Miss Piggy, one of the most iconic characters in The Muppets, is up for debate over whether she should be canceled or not…
And it’s all been triggered by the controversial Looney Tunes skunk, Pepe Le Pew, being axed by Warner Bro’s.
Warner Bro’s recently came to the decision to cancel the French Looney Tunes skunk, Pepe Le Pew.
The controversial skunk has been completely cut out of the upcoming sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy following resurfaced cartoons showing him forcing himself upon female characters and ignoring them as they said “no.”
It’s all very uncomfortable to watch back…
And many have branded the skunk as an “offender” who has been promoting a very dangerous image over the last few decades.
So, how does this involve Miss Piggy?
Well, after rewatching cartoons that include Pepe, people have recognized some scarily similar characteristics between Pepe and Miss Piggy when it comes to treating their partners.
Many feel Miss Piggy represents the image of a domestic abuser…
And the way she constantly forces herself upon Kermit doesn’t sit well with lots of viewers.
Do you think it’s time for Miss Piggy to be axed from our screens?
Or do you think she simply represents the harmless fun that cartoons are known for bringing?