The 21st century, now in its 15th year, is ruining everything it touches.
In the 20th century, Bruce Jenner was a heralded male Olympic champion. Now he is a guy in drag.
In the 20th century, the Soviet Union was swept into the dustbin of history. Now Vlad Putin is putting the old band together again.
In the 20th century, popes opposed communism. Now the pope embraces it.
But of all the things the 21st century has had to ruin, the Muppets are the most heart-wrenching.
From the Los Angeles Times:
It is perhaps the most controversial series of the fall television season, a dark reworking of old children's tales in which the world is stood on its head and darkness comes out of the light. I speak of course of The Muppets, which begins Tuesday on ABC. Certainly, if the question is, can you make a dark, slightly depressing series starring the Muppets, the answer, obviously, is yes. Is this an inappropriate use of the characters? I don't know. Is it strange? Certainly.Remember when the question was IS IT FUNNY?
From Broadway World:
While the characters are still recognizable versions of those that we love, by striving to make them more "real," they have made many of them less likable. The premise of the show isn't too terribly different from previous Muppet TV incarnations, but with an adult approach, it feels more stressed, more irritating, and ultimately more pedestrian.One Million Moms called for its cancellation. That may be unnecessary. From Hit Flix:
"I'm not reluctant to show this to my kids because of some of the double-entendres, but because I don't want them to see a version of the Muppets that, for now, is so utterly lacking in joy."Utterly lacking in joy. Is there any phrase that better describes the 21st century?