One of the most talked about magazine covers over the last few days is that of the Vogue cover featuring Kim Kardashian and fiancée Kanye West. On Friday, a Photoshopped parody went viral featuring the inserted heads of actor James Franco and funnyman Seth Rogen; however, now the trend continues with parody kings the Muppets releasing another mock photo of the couple, this one being set up featuring the famous characters of Kermit and Miss Piggy, which is being called the Kermiggy. As a result, this is yet another example of the legendary characters poking fun at modern pop culture.
The much talked about Vogue photo, showcasing one of America’s most talked about couples was revealed by the publication on Friday. On the cover, it showcases reality show starlet Kim Kardashian in a wedding gown with her husband Kanye West be holding her stomach from behind, while placing his head adjacent to hers.
The Muppets then released an image by placing themselves in a mock photo set up exactly like that of the much talked about photo, and they went to great length to do so. From Miss Piggy’s dress looking exactly like Kardashian’s, to the background used but with Kermit’s famous happy smile, opposed to Kanye’s dramatic expressions on the original cover. Additionally, they utilized the cover by having a play on words by changing the magazine from Vogue to Vague with a headline “Kermie & Piggy” and a subhead “Their Fashionable Life and Surreal Times” with the exaggerated hashtag of “UniversesMostTalkedAboutCouple.”
The Muppets have parodied everything including their return to the screen in 2011. As part of the promotion for the movie, posters poked fun at the Twilight movies by featuring full shots of the first Muppet couple as well as others juxtaposed to stark, dramatic backgrounds of a gloomy forest. Needless to say with this Kermiggy parody photo, the Muppets have inserted themselves into mainstream parody once again and proven to be kings of the medium.
They have showcased their photos not only in an online manner but by putting out annual calendars that mock everything from The Sound of Music to The God Father and Pretty Woman. Simply put, there appears to be nothing that the beloved characters won’t mock.
This isn’t a new thing though. The Muppets ever since the beginning have infused their silly nature into parodies that appeals to people of all ages including adults and children alike. They have continued to develop their place in pop culture through the internet era by not only putting together mock photos but by mock videos as well.
These videos typically go viral by parodying musicals such as Les Misèrables, popular movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and a plethora of classic music videos including Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
When it comes to the Muppets, they have remained a constant in popular culture by staying relevant and having the rare creativity in being able to mock while remaining G-rated, a feat not many entertainers are capable in doing.
The Kimye Vogue cover continues to be the talk of the online world. Hollywood, media and social media might be sick of them, but this now viral, image has proven once again that in the world of parody, the Muppets are king.
By Simon Mounsey