As many of you know, I have a small child. What this means is that my television viewing no longer includes things that I particularly want to watch. We watch quite a bit of Disney Junior. There are some weird shows on there but there’s one in particular that I’m fairly disappointed. When I was little, I used to watch Muppet Babies all the time. You remember Muppet Babies…don’t you.
I had some particular favorites. Sure, everyone loved Kermit and Miss Piggy because that’s who everyone was supposed to like. I personally loved Rowlf, Beaker and Bunsen, and Scooter. I never really thought to hard about it when I was little but watching the new Muppet Babies with my daughter, I’m missing the diversity that the other show seemed to have. It’s not only the issue of race but of different types of people all finding their way together. In the back of my head I keep thinking #MuppetsSoWhite which I’m not sure is fair because Scarlett doesn’t know better. But I do. I know there’s a better version that was more inclusive. The story lines in the current Muppet Babies make a point of the babies learning lessons to figure out inclusivity but the original managed to do it, and just by having all the characters present together.
Something about this just makes me sad.