The controversy over gender roles this summer reached the children’s channel Disney Junior, when an episode of Muppet Babies showed Gonzo wearing a dress and calling himself “Gonzo-rella.”
The episode was applauded by LGBT groups and opened with two female characters—Miss Piggy and Summer Penguin—wanting to hold a “royal ball,” similar to the one in the story of Cinderella.
Hearing the story of Cinderella, Gonzo tells his friends, “I’d love to wear a dress like that to your royal ball.” Summer Penguin responds, “But Gonzo, Piggy and I are the princesses. We wear the dresses.” Miss Piggy agrees and adds, “According to the royal handbook, the girls come as princesses, and the boys come as knights.”
Soon, though, a magical “Fairy Rat-Father” transforms Gonzo’s outfit into a blue dress, complete with slippers. Gonzo attends the ball without revealing who he is.
In the episode’s final moments, he tells his friends he was the one wearing the blue dress.
“I don’t want you to be upset with me, but I don’t want to do things just because that’s the way they’ve always been done, either. I want to be me,” Gonzo says.
Piggy apologizes and tells Gonzo, “It wasn’t very nice of us to tell you what to wear.” Piggy then says she wants to make a new “royal handbook” which will include new rules.
The episode closes with Summer Penguin declaring, “And in our new handbook, everyone can come to the ball dressed however they like.”
—Christian Post, Christian Headlines