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Top Annoying Misnaming People Do

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by beaker, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Well-Known Member

    A lot of people lately on muppet videos on youtube usually think Janice is a boy....or a transsexual. :flirt:
  2. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    What? How can you not see that Janice is a girl? She's pretty clearly seen as Floyd's girlfriend on many occasions....
    As someone who probably googles Janice (and the rest of the Muppets) more than a normal person should- lol- I've got to say- lay off of Janice already! (Boober sigh smiley-well, this will work.:smirk:):flirt::sing:
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    One misconception that bothers me is the idea that the Muppets (and all puppets) are somehow religiously-based or that the Muppet Show branded characters were geared for younger viewers. The Muppets, and all of Henson's work, have always been inclusive. It's weird reading YouTube comments from people concerned about Carl eating bunnies. Jim would not only have loved that bit, he also performed many just like it. And sure the Muppets have had many Christmas specials like most other branded entertainment, but the writers and performers have always come from all walks of life and the Muppets have never been proselytizing church puppets. I'm certain the new film will portray classic muppety goodness for all types of people and will set the brand apart from both Sesame Street and the edgy Henson Alternative humor. The Muppet Show gang is that something special between. ;)
  4. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    this...even though i am a christian man
    and veggie monster
  5. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Well-Known Member

    Okay, I'll admit it, I wasn't sure about her gender at first when I pretty much just saw Studio DC: Almost Live. :o:flirt:

    (Back then I was a Henson fan then but not a Muppet fan. I only saw Dark Crystal and Labyrinth at that point, not including childhood experiences.)
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I still don't get "Beeker".... Really... how can you mess up the word "Beak" anyway. That's like calling Gogo Fraggle "Goabow Fragggle."

    It just doesn't make sense to me at all. I'd sooner see "Ralph the Dog" and "Fozzy" before I recognize anyone who calls him "Beeker."

    That said, I could never get the chicken's name right... Camilla? Camella?
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    The only time I got the religious vibe was on one of those VH1 "I Love..." series and they were talking about Alice Cooper and him being "the Anti-Christ"... but then he did an episode of TMS, and they were like "Oh wait, he's on The Muppet Show, so he CAN'T be the Anti-Christ."
  8. MeepMeepBork

    MeepMeepBork Well-Known Member

    This isn't really annoying so much as funny, but I mentioned Jerry Nelson to one of my friends today, and her reply was, "Isn't that the guy who sings 'Great Balls of Fire'?" obviously confusing him with Jerry Lee Lewis. It's funny because, if you think about it, doesn't Jerry Nelson sound like a rockstar name? :sing:
  9. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Well-Known Member

    LOL, I think when I was first learning about all the Muppeteers I was thinking something like that about him. ;)
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    "And now, here to perform his number one smash hit single 'Great Balls of Fire', GIVE IT UP FOR JERRY NELSON! ! !"

    *Girly cheers like you hear on Oprah*


    And can you imagine this - Jerry Lewis playing the likes of Floyd Pepper, Gobo Fraggle, and Count Von Count?
  11. MeepMeepBork

    MeepMeepBork Well-Known Member

    Ooh! Imagine the Electric Mayhem covering 'Great Balls of Fire' with Jerry Lee Lewis as Floyd?
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I know I already mentioned this, but... doesn't it get under your skin when someone asks for merchandise of a character that's so obscure there would never be merchandise featuring them at all? I mean, not to be rude or anything, but it sticks in your craw when they ask for these because you wish they had merchandise too.
  13. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    True- this does make it hard for the adult Muppets fan to maintain things like dignity and respect- lol. But you have to admit that generally people are gonna lump The Muppet Show in with Sesame Street and regard it on that level. It's the same argument as saying the Looney Tunes cartoons were really made for adults, but yet kids are probably the largest audience group for the cartoons. This same argument carries over to comic books for that matter. For mediums that have been associated with children over the years, it's hard for some to accept when those mediums (cartoons and comics) are used to tell stories geared at older audiences.
    And a lot of Christian churches use puppets in presenting Christ's Gospel, certainly. I imagine that's probably true with various religions as well. Perhaps people associate all puppetry with that, but shows like Crank Yankers and Avenue Q certainly disprove that theory.
    But puppets can be used for spiritual purposes and they can be used for plain entertainment purposes- sometimes they even do both.;)
    And sometimes people don't always seem to make that distinction. But The Muppets seem to have generally stayed pretty wholesome for the whole family, but in the case of The Muppet Show gang- they've always had a bit of pervasive humor in there too, much like Looney Tunes.

    Well, in this case, I think the reasoning was not so much because Alice Cooper was on The Muppet Show, though they probably were just making a joke that since the show is generally aimed at children (or at least marketed that way)- that Alice Cooper must be okay if he's going to be on the show. However, I think the comment was probably brought up more so because in the '70s, he kinda was viewed as the Anti-Christ or something along those lines because of his subversive music and so forth- but in recent years, Vincent Furnier (Alice Cooper's real name) has become a Christian and so now he's definitely not the Anti-Christ or in league with him, etc. Yet the Alice Cooper persona persists as his alter ego. I've read that Alice Cooper even teaches a Sunday School class at his church now- wow, that sounds like it'd be an interesting class.:D
  14. Whatnot1988

    Whatnot1988 Well-Known Member

    A lot of people I meet seem to claim that JIM created Sesame Street--WRONG! Though Jim and his associates did indeed design, build and perform the many puppet characters that populated Sesame Street, the show was actually CREATED by Children's Television Workshop (CTW, now Sesame Workshop).

    Another thing I hear people claim is that Jim's career BEGAN with Sesame Street--AGAIN, NOT TRUE! The start of his career predates Sesame Street by 15 years, with Sam and Friends, The Jimmy Dean Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and numerous commercials.
  15. MeepMeepBork

    MeepMeepBork Well-Known Member

    That reminds me! I hate when people think the only Muppets that exist are Muppet Show Muppets; Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, etc. (Ex. "Grover's not a Muppet. He's from Sesame Street!")
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I know, even Nostalgia Critic got his facts mixed up when he said the show was "put together by puppeteer legends Frank Oz, Jim Henson and a few others."
  17. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Here's a few I get.

    When I was a kid some people would mistake Mahna Mahna for Animal!

    Some people still believe that Cookie Monster has given up cookies for good and became a Veggie Monster! THAT WAS JUST A MIFF!

    Some people thought that after Jim passed his son Brian took over the part of Kermit.

    Sometimes when I talk about Frackles with some of my family members they think I mean Fraggles.
  18. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Well-Known Member

    *shows up wearing blonde wig* Yeff?
    snichols1973 likes this.
  19. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I knew that was gonna happen! I totally asked for it! :)
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Aye! And I'm pretty Miffed about myself!

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