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Muppet Pundit- The Steve Whitmire Blog

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by JimAndFrank, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

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  2. ErinAardvark

    ErinAardvark Well-Known Member

    I wish I could connect better. Every time I say something, I feel like I sound like an idiot.
  3. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

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  5. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

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  6. AfricAnimalAZ

    AfricAnimalAZ Active Member


    If I look unfamiliar, I'm new here. Also, it's a pleasure to meet you - been reading some of your posts here, on SW's blog, and on 'The Halibut' - very interesting stuff. I can't believe I'm actually talking to gifted writer @JimAndFrank!

    That aside, congratulations on getting a 'Pundit' reply! I'm sure you've been looking forward to one for so long - well-deserved for one of SW's biggest fans. Excited to talk again. Until then, take care and enjoy the moment!

    - AAAZ/Saba
  7. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    Hi, welcome to the forum!

    It's a pleasure to meet you, too! And thank you! I always appreciate it when someone compliments my writing. It's taken me a long time to get it up to the quality that it is.

    And again, thanks! This is something I've been wishing for over the past 4 1/2 years. I don't know if I'll ever meet Steve in person or not, so having him answer my question is a pretty big deal to me.
  8. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    I feel like everyone on this forum should just chip in to make that happen. Come on people, send in your money! Will checks do or do you prefer credit card? Let's get it done folks!

    Seriously though, that's really cool. Proof that he does love his fans and isn't as bad as a lot of people seem to say.
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  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Interesting that he titled one of his articles "Let's Talk Lips", but spent most of it talking about his fandom of Rocky Horror Picture Show, only mentioning Lips briefly (and I had no idea he was given his name because of that movie). I was expecting/hoping it'd be an article where he talked about the character, experiences performing Lips, the characters history, maybe some facts we did not know about the character. If he wanted to talk about his fandom of that movie it's fine, but I wish he'd given it a more appropriate (and less misleading) title.

    Actually, I wish he would talk more about his past experiences with the Muppets. I know it's his blog and he can talk about whatever he wants, but most of it has been about his recent firing, with some barely-Muppet-related posts (or non-Muppet posts) that seem to be more spiritual "hippie thinking", some posts about older Muppet things tying in with things that have been brought up in these recent news reports. I'm hoping that soon he'll tell some stories that we might not know, info that could be added to Muppet Wiki.

    Of course he just started his blog a few weeks ago, and is probably still grieving from his firing, so hopefully soon he'll start posting the kinds of articles I really want to see.
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  10. AfricAnimalAZ

    AfricAnimalAZ Active Member

    I still haven't yet had a chance to comment on 'Pundit', but I check regularly to see what others are saying. Most people are decent and well-behaved. The trolls...not so much. Why don't any of them realize that there's no place for their hatred on the blog, especially by now? It's been carrying on for too long. First off, HOW DARE they speak so vilely of a class act puppeteer - on his OWN blog? On top of that, they've been harassing and unnecessarily arguing with some of the other visitors. Just minutes after one person leaves a positive comment, or there is a chain of several kind replies underneath it, someone else from among the lousy, no-good lowlifes will come in and either misinterpret it and/or attack whoever originally wrote it. And it doesn’t mean that they’re just being sensitive. I don't know what they're so irate about. Have they forgotten that they're NOT obligated by anyone or anything to come to 'Pundit'? Do they enjoy and find tormenting someone worth the time, not knowing that they themselves are the ones plainly being humiliated?

    While I agree that people have a right to free speech (and can easily/openly visit the blog), it's speech that attempts to shut down the thoughts/ideas/words of another that crosses the line. Of course, there are some brave souls who tell-off the haters in about every post, including those who’ve been targeted themselves. Unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped them from repeat-offending. I wish someone really had the nerve to make those closed-minded troublemakers go away for good. Their revolting freedoms of expression, intolerance, and overall virtual presence on the blog are unwanted. I would stand up to them if I could, but I doubt I have that power in me – I’d risk getting in a fight. As much as I want to come to Steve’s and the other visitors’ defense, I fear I’d be treading into dangerous waters. Maybe someday though, we’ll have to see. In the mean time, I’ll just be a silent spectator (with the exception of simply making a comment).

    As for the trolls, they need to learn a valuable lesson: THINK before you SPEAK! It will save you from making yourself look bad (and in one persons’ case, sounding unintelligent). At least some of us know better! Steve’s site is NOT the place for you to release your frustrations, regardless of whatever personal problems you may be having. If you don’t like or disagree with anything he says, kindly do everyone on ‘Pundit’ a favor and don’t bother showing up again at all. Either that or be quiet – as the saying goes, silence is golden. It’s unbelievable what some of the killjoys have on their minds when they comment. I’m appalled at the undeserved disrespect Steve and his supporters often face. IT’S DISGUSTING! If you can handle yourself in a responsible manner and can refrain from spitting venom, then most welcome, otherwise please, please just put a sock in it! I’M ABOUT DONE!!!!!!

    Alright, so it looks like I sort of contradicted myself here in terms of dealing with the trolls. I said I couldn’t fight them, correct? And I’m not doing so here, either. My “rant” is within the safe spaces of Muppet Central, so hopefully no unwelcome attention will be around to call me out on anything I've said (I’d hate to jinx it). Once again, sorry for an ‘essay-long’ post – I really am finished this time.

    Peace and Happiness,

    - AAAZ
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  11. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    Guilty as charged in terms of arguing with trolls.....especially today....
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  12. AfricAnimalAZ

    AfricAnimalAZ Active Member

    I highly applaud you for your courage. Let's just hope that "you-know-who" won't bother returning, or that "he/she" gets blocked, if possible.
  13. JimAndFrank

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  14. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I personally could not be happier that Steve gave me a shout out in his post about Rocky Horror recently with this quote: Love the whole thing. Why do you think I called one of my characters “Lips”? Let’s talk Rocky Horror for a minute…this oughta’ bring Melissa Yowhan running! lol

    I've been a Rocky Horror fan since I was 13 years old, and Steve was amazing enough to invite me to the set of Muppet Treasure Island to watch Tim Curry at work when they were filming in the UK. It was an amazing time!
  15. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

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  16. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that was pretty cool of him! :)

    I'm still astounded that Steve dedicated an entire post to my enquiry. All I asked was if there was a particular song he liked or if he loved the entire soundtrack just like I do. He answered it...but then followed up with all these awesome memories of his high school years, Jim, Frank, meeting Richard O'Brien and continuing that friendship throughout the years.

    You really can't ask for more than that as a fan. :):shifty::coy::boo::news::drool::eek:
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  17. AfricAnimalAZ

    AfricAnimalAZ Active Member

    Interesting how in the Dark Crystal post, he described the Scientist Skeksis' voice as "breathy" and "lizard-like". I always thought he sounded like a raspy, unforgiving demonic alien, but who better to give his take on the creature's growl than the performer himself. :scary:
  18. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

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  20. ErinAardvark

    ErinAardvark Well-Known Member

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