Who would’ve thought that Miss Piggy from The Muppets will get a feminist award? We sure didn’t. Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is recognizing her for four decades of empowering women. That’s a loooong time!
The museum honors Miss Piggy for blazing “feminist trails with determination and humor, and for her ground-breaking role inspiring generations the world over.” Sure enough, she’s not afraid to look fabulous. She loves her body, and she strives to succeed in her chosen fields (she’s an actress, a performer, a writer, and just recently, a bag designer!).
While a few critics question the Brooklyn Museum’s decision of awarding a puppet—a nonliving thing, a fictional character, a metaphor for being controlled by someone—Elizabeth Sackler, the award’s namesake, believes that Miss Piggy embodies “spirit, determination, and grit” and teaches people the importance of overcoming their obstacles. The AV Club notes that the importance of awarding Miss Piggy also shows that empowered people can also have a “healthy sense of humor about themselves.” Yes, we’re not grim or angry 100% of the time!
The awarding ceremony will be on June 4. Miss Piggy’s plus one? Her hubby Kermit, of course!
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