When ABC brings back The Muppet Show, it will be a more ‘adult’ version of the classic, apparently. Hopefully it will take a grown-up view on that much-overlooked aspect of puppetry: gender equality. Miss Piggy, Kermit’s long-time love and inspiration, has always been forthright with her opinions, and with her unique blend of French, karate chops, and batting eyelashes, she has brought a startlingly progressive attitude to the war between the sexes. “The Gloria Steinem of the Muppet World,” as the Daily Beast calls her, is now being honored with a Sackler Centre First Award from the Brooklyn Museum.
The AP reports that “Miss Piggy embodies ‘spirit, determination and grit’ and has taught millions important lessons about overcoming obstacles.” The Sackler Center First Awards honor “extraordinary women who are first in their fields.” Past honorees include Toni Morrison, Sandra Day O`Connor, and Connie Chung. Miss Piggy is delighted to be included in such company, but probably feels the recognition is overdue. “Moi is thrilled — but frankly, not surprised to be receiving this Sackler Center First Award,” Miss Piggy said. “It is truly wonderful to be celebrated and share this honor with fellow legends, role models and pioneers of female fabulosity. We rock!”