It seems that the Sackler Center for Feminist Art ran out of people to honor this year when they decided to honor Miss Piggy. The same award has been given out to likes of women like retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Anita Hill and Julie Taymor. While I’m not here to discuss the legitimacy of an award like this, you have to ask yourself: why Miss Piggy?
According to Elizabeth A. Sackler:
[Miss Piggy] overcomes obstacles; she’s certainly first of her kind; she’s got grit; she’s tenacious; but she also has that soft spot—that love for Kermit. [She] has all of the qualities that…women need to have to face the world as it is, and she gives us a good smile on top of it all.
While I certainly don’t believe in trigger warnings, I do believe in warning people that their childhood might be ruined. This is your cue to stop reading if you’re tired of people on the internet ruining your childhood. Turn back now and hold on to those warm and fuzzy memories from days gone by, because I am about to call out the actions of a beloved children’s character.
I am of course talking about Miss Piggy’s arguably abusive relationship with Kermit the Frog. Something I am sure many of you glossed over as children. Of course the clips below sort of speak for themselves.
There are a couple more compilation videos out there that showcase Miss Piggy’s violent urges. Sometimes she gives Kermit the old karate chop and other times she saves Kermit from impending doom. In many ways, their relationship is completely dysfunctional. With a simple Google search, I found a surprising number of people debating the screwed-up nature of Kermit and Miss Piggy’s relationship. Some folks make the case that Kermit was coerced into marrying Miss Piggy, while others argue that the two do actually love each other.
The other possibility is that Kermit likes being smacked around. Some people are into that and we’re all adults here, so I won’t judge anyone who gets off on physical abuse.
Miss Piggy has since defended her credibility as a feminist in an article for Time.
I believe that any woman who refuses to accept society’s preconceived notions of who or what they can be is a feminist. I believe any woman who is willing to struggle, strive — and if necessary learn karate — to make their mark in the world is a feminist. And, yes, I believe that any woman, who cares about her appearance, her star billing and most especially her percentage of the gross, is a feminist.
What I find shocking about that statement is that it came from an anthropomorphic pig. There are many human feminists out there who resemble pigs themselves and could learn a thing or two from Miss Piggy.
Without a doubt, this whole story is on the bizarre side. Have things gotten so out of hand for feminists that they have decided that an anthropomorphic pig is a model feminist? Better yet, how is it that a pig comes off as more respectable than the vast number of real-life third-wave feminists? All I know is that I will be either gently banging my head against the wall or laughing my ass off for the time being.