There are few things in this world more wholesome and easy to watch than The Muppets. Even their shows aimed at younger audiences aren't offensive to most people.
Candace Owens, however, isn't most people. The right-wing personality couldn't stand a recent episode of the reboot of Muppet Babies.
Owens took to Twitter to share her outrage.
I can’t believe I’m tweeting this but.. they are pushing the trans agenda on children via muppet babies. This is s… https://t.co/nFdmLzZyxj— Candace Owens (@Candace Owens) 1627867109.0
Owens shared a clip of an episode where Miss Piggy invites the other characters to a ball where the girls dress as princesses and the boys dress as knights.
Gonzo wants to wear a gown, but is told he needs to dress as a knight. The Muppet doesn't want to do that, and Rizzo, the "fairy ratfather" grants Gonzo's wish to become "Gonzo-rella," allowing him to attend the ball with a gown and glass shoes.
Initially, none of the other Muppets know who the new princess is, until Gonzo reveals he was secretly Gonzo-rella.
Gonzo-rella | Muppet Babies | @Disney Junior youtu.be
The Muppet says:
"You all expected me to look a certain way."
"I don't want you to be upset with me, but I don't want to do things because that's the way they've always been done either. I want to be me."
It's a very wholesome message that Candace Owens just couldn't stand, calling the show "perverted" for showing Gonzo in a dress.
Except the character has famously worn dresses off and on for decades and isn't the only one.
@RealCandaceO Yeah! Gonzo would NEVER dress in anything effeminate. *presses finger to ear* What's that? Oh, my pr… https://t.co/04ACytg42z— Nick Piers (@Nick Piers) 1627951710.0
@RealCandaceO No, please continue. https://t.co/veSKNdwpps— Reptilian Overlord #38274619 (@Reptilian Overlord #38274619) 1627869939.0
Candace Owens recently voiced outrage over an episode of Muppet Babies where Gonzo wore a dress. But she had no pr… https://t.co/f2wMOv2bYf— Paul Sebert (@Paul Sebert) 1627952632.0
@RealCandaceO this muppet comic came out in the 1980s. kindly stuff the turd you've disgorged back into the asshole… https://t.co/jMEU2b91r1— Dirch For Red October (@Dirch For Red October) 1628041228.0
Many in the LGBTQ community welcomed the episode and its message of acceptance. While Gonzo wants to wear a dress despite being told he needs to dress as a knight, we do not have confirmation that the episode was meant to show Gonzo is transgender.
In fact, the words "transgender" and "dysmorphia" show up nowhere in the episode, despite Owens' complaints. However it's not surprising that the episode is so accepting, considering The Muppets have been very progressive since the 1970s.
The company has always hired diverse entertainers, including puppeteers who are openly gay.
Owens' complaints about the episode show how much of a joke her opinions really are.
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR THE MUPPETS ISN'T SUPPOUSED TO TALK ABOUT MORALS ABOUT THE GOOD FOR PEOPLE ITS SUPPOUSED… https://t.co/cZ8jMXZkxs— Cj Lightning (@Cj Lightning) 1627930586.0
"bring back manly muppets" ok how about him or is he a muppet of a man to you, hm? https://t.co/DEVgGPOSQS https://t.co/Nj9RfOTLQR— Jackson DeStefano (@Jackson DeStefano) 1627944246.0
Twitter users when showrunners try to do literally anything https://t.co/MciMkbtTDR https://t.co/gHtcQNXe2f— Ramblin (@Ramblin) 1627928993.0
@RealCandaceO Candace Owen's idea of a "manly muppet" https://t.co/K1lgOEaqqW— Trick (@Trick) 1627981418.0
This isn't the first time Owens has decided that someone shouldn't wear a dress. Last year, her rage was directed at Harry Styles, who wore a Gucci dress on the cover of Vogue.
Her comments led to her getting slammed online.