Rumor has it that Muppet’s Icon Kermit the Frog has moved on from Miss Piggy to a new love interest. Denise is the head of ABC’s marketing department where Kermit is one of the network’s producers. Fans are wondering can Kermit rebuild after a long history with Miss Piggy or is Denise just a rebound move?
In addition to the newly introduced character, the show returns all the favorite Muppet characters of old to the screen, such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear and Gonzo. However, this new version may not be as kid-friendly as one might expect. Instead, this remix is more of an adult-themed show where the famed puppets are grown-up sitcom characters, unlike in times past.
After the recent breakup with Miss Piggy, Kermit has been spending a lot of time with Denise. Although the famed frog denies the rumors of the two being romantically linked, the debut episode appears to tell a different story. On the subject of love, Bob Marley, famed musician, and slain activist is known for many songs. Beyond his highly merchandised face and love for music, this legendary singer and global icon of peace and love wrote:
Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more.
It reveals to us that love has this uncanny ability to transform our destiny and raise us to levels we only dreamed of achieving alone. It is picturesque of bonding, growing and progressing. Recently I found myself navigating the breakup and loss of love for a couple I have known my entire life. Ever since I can remember, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have been a mainstay in television history. Defying the odds and pressures of Hollywood, they managed to remain together over decades. In a time where celebrity relationships last moments, not years, these two seemed to have a synergy that just worked. That is until recently. As ABC aired a revamped edition of The Muppets Show, one huge difference is the fact that Piggy and Kermit were no longer an item. Collectively around the world our hearts dropped.
Since the 70’s I have watched Kermit and Piggy bicker back and forth. Usually resulting in someone being karate-chopped to the ground. Miss Piggy has made two important facts known over these many years: first, she is extremely possessive of her “Kermy” and second, she will not hesitate to let someone have it if they try to get in her way. Imagine my surprise when I read that Kermit has a new main squeeze named Denise. A younger, more hip pig that is an executive for ABC and unlike Piggy, she has no desire for the spotlight. It seems that Kermit may have “upgraded” to a classier, behind the scenes type of pig.
While Miss Piggy publicly seems to be taking the breakup in stride, even releasing a statement that Kermit and his new pig look adorable together. It is obvious the loss of such a long-standing relationship will have its toll on them both. After watching this week’s premiere episode of The Muppets, I saw a few key principles we can all learn about relationships, breakups and rebuilding from Kermit the Frog.
- Kermit realized that a long-term, mediocre relationship was no substitute for fulfillment: In the relaunching episode of this timeless franchise, Kermit turns to Miss Piggy during one of her tirades and says “I can’t do this anymore.” What I believe he was saying is this dysfunction has become my normal and I have got to break that pattern. It is scary when you have been in a bad relationship so long you accept it as your lot in life. I strongly believe our lives were created to be vibrant extensions of our being. I think each day should be fulfilled with wonder and zest. If not, we are doing something wrong. Kermit had to admit to himself that Miss Piggy just was not making him happy. Don’t we all deserve to be in situations that make us feel significant?
- Kermit worked to be mature and maintain discretion with their personal issues publicly: It is always ridiculously awkward when you experience a break up with someone you are forced to see regularly. For Kermit and Piggy, they work together on a network show; this has to be torture for both of them. History has shown us that Piggy is not the calmest, most rational pig out there. So time after time, they are bumping heads on the show. Not to mention the added complication of Denise being an executive with the very network Piggy’s show is on. But through it all, Kermit tries to hold their professional obligations together.
- Kermit showed the ultimate bravery by giving himself permission to change his mind: How free are you? I ask because many claim to have ultimate freedom, however, they are slaves to expectations. When you remain stuck in a bad relationship for fear of being alone, judged or even looked down upon by others, you are not free my friend! You only get one go on this ride called life. And there is no room to stay indebted to someone because you are afraid to walk away. Kermit was courageous by stepping into something fresh and new, despite the critics.
In my recently released relationship book, The Modern Princess: A 21st Century Guide To Fairy Tale Relationships, I dedicate a great portion to empowering women who are forced to rebuild their lives after a severe breakup. I get it. When you have been with someone for a long time and things go south, it is hard as hell to start over… But that doesn’t mean you don’t try. We all go through the difficulty of rebranding ourselves. But through time, just like Kermit, we all can move past the hurt and embrace a new beginning. Will Kermit and Denise last? Is she just a rebound relationship for him? The truth is, none of our opinions matter. We all have our own path to forge, and our own love to find. It is so much simpler just to wish them all the best.
Written by Early Jackson
(Edited by Cherese Jackson)
The Modern Princess: A 21st Century Guide To Fairy Tale Relationships
The Muppets Television Show
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