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Kermit the Frog makes illegal move on German television

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    This story is making the rounds today...

    Kermit the Frog makes illegal move on German television

    Kermit has run afoul of Germany's media authorities. ZAK, the federal commission charged with regulating the German airwaves, found Kermit guilty of illegal product placement in an appearance last year on commercial network Pro7.

    The channel used the famous frog to present its so-called Disney Day of programming, which featured several family-friendly films. But Kermit also mentioned the theatrical release of Disney's "The Muppets." Because the promo was not marked on screen as an ad, Pro7 violated German media law, which bans product placement unless clearly identified as such. Pro7 has admitted the error.

    In its most recent session, the ZAK also ruled against pay TV group Sky Deutschland for showing ads of sports betting site bwin during its broadcasts of German league soccer matches. Sky violated the German ban on gambling ads on television, ZAK ruled. Sky has argued the gambling ban does not apply to on air references to bwin, which are not traditional ad spots.

    The media commission can not directly fine broadcasters for breaking advertising laws, so it is unclear whether the violations will have any legal consequences.


  2. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    As Kermie says "oh good grief!!" :p
  3. Borples

    Borples Well-Known Member

    ....and then, and then the head of German broadcasting, who happens to be a hard-nosed son of a gun with a grudge against amphibians, has Kermit arrested until such time as he can pay an exorbitant fine--one million euros! The Muppets don't have that kind of money because they have a LOT of bills/restitution to pay related to Gonzo's latest Stunt Spectacular. So in true Muppet fashion, they break him out of jail and go on a mad journey around Europe, gathering clues that will prove that the frog was framed!

    Oh, I'm sorry. I thought we were writing the next movie. ;)

    Seriously, though. I'm glad I don't work for German TV. Sounds like there are lots of rules lurking around just waiting to be broken.
    Bannanasketch and Gonzo's Hobbit like this.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Ladies and Gentlemen... the head of German television Standards and Practices...


  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    For a minute there, I was thinking this was going to be about Kermit making the "Party Salute" (Heil Hitler), based on the photo used in this story.
    Vincent L, mupcollector1 and Walter like this.
  6. ZeppoAndFriends

    ZeppoAndFriends Well-Known Member

    Well...he had to do something after getting kicked out of the Candy Kingdom. :coy:
  7. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    See if Kermit comes to Germany anymore!!! Omg so stupid!
    Walter likes this.
  8. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    What I would like to know is why did no one think about looking up what the regulations were before airing?
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  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, all joking aside, the hand motion is ALL wrong for that anyway. Though I'm pretty sure referencing Germany's past within 50 feet of the country is a bootable offense.
    SkeetScootSquat and Walter like this.
  10. kyunkyua

    kyunkyua Well-Known Member

    That appearance was ages ago! They only figure it out now?
  11. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    My thought is that his entire appearance was probably scripted and this script was undoubtedly approved by the German television network. I can understand the Germans' fear of hidden propaganda but if there's anybody libel for this bizarre rule it would be the network, but Disney or Kermit. The Muppets are obviously being used to grab headlines. I guess that can be seen as a good thing in a twisted little way. ;)
    Walter likes this.
  12. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    "slams head on table"
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  13. muppetperson

    muppetperson Well-Known Member

    Naughty Kermit.Bad frog.:laugh:
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  14. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    *sighs* I guess our favorite frog will be on his way to jail, now that he's done something illegal. And then I guess the next movie will have to be postponed. :)

    *measures length in between D'Snowth and Germany*
    51 feet! No offense!
  15. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

  16. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Anyone know where Piggy is? We need her to work those bars like in MC. LOL!
  17. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    What exactly did Kermit do?
  18. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Read the article above
  19. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    The first time I read it I didn't get it. I understand now.
  20. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Yeah all that legal stuff can be confusing. LOL!

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