I didn't find it about race at all, is the weird thing (hears Stan's "I don't get it" speech to Token). This is more of a class issue than anything else. It's also not new. Fozzie is ALWAYS the poor schmuck: 1. The Muppet Movie: Fozzie is in a run-down bar. 2. Muppets Take Manhattan: Fozzie is left to hide out with some bears in a cave. 3. Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie: Fozzie is a homeless pickpocket. Runner-up: You kinda get the impression Fozzie is just "the reporter standing next to Kermit, the one with the actual reporting career from before this movie was made" in Great Muppet Caper. I can see the "urban versus suburban" angle, but to me, it's not about race but about financial security. Smalltown can't come up with even a homeless guy that doesn't look more like a poor guy just didn't take a shower yesterday. The town is so well funded you can have an elementary school teacher have a functioning car (why is that even allowed?) in a classroom. Everything is clean and nice and everyone is happy to burst into song for no apparent reason. Fozzie is stuck in a place where dreams aren't shared and where there's no real money coming in. He lives in an alley with thrown-out furniture. There is no pulling together to reach a better life. I've taught kids like that. They come from families like that. "You're just some white woman, Ms. Masters. You don't know what it takes to survive in the ghetto." Yeah? Well, first of all, you have to want more. Second, you have to pull together to make meager funds do something productive. You may not be able to solve all your problems, but there is a lot that can be fixed with some creativity and willpower. And my neighborhood growing up became "ghetto" before we left. I never had a problem living in such an area. I'm still one of the two members of my family who have no problem going out in an urban area at night. Fozzie is a valuable character, but he works better when he's part of a functioning team. Kermit never dragged him along for the cred, he brought Fozzie in for the fact that Fozzie can be genuinely funny. If you go along with the idea that the shows and movies are just a bunch of actors playing roles, then that means the Moopets (and before them, those hackers in JHH whose names I can't recall) are working WITH the Muppets -- or they wouldn't be in the dang show/movie! It's not that hard to see Kermit hiring the Moopets for the comedy they can bring. Kermit believes everyone can succeed, even when the cards are stacked against you. There are times he forgets that counts for him too, but whatever. The Moopets are not about race at all. It's about the difference between succeeding and scrounging by.