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Disney's Muppets Problem: Can the Franchise Reckon With Its Boys' Club Culture?

D'Snowth

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I really think MTI was one of Steve's best performances as Kermit. Speaking of MTI, I recently learned that apparently Brian was often absent from the production, because he kept partying to the point of making himself sick.
 

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This article is a bit too tabloid for my taste.

That said, I certainly agree that Disney has no clue what it should be doing with the Muppets. I also can certainly understand why Brian Henson would resent having to deal with the Muppets, if what the article says is true. I could see him wanting to step out of his father's shadow and prove himself as a creative person in his own right.

The sexism stuff is a separate issue. Yes, the original Muppet Studios was a boys club - not by design, just by circumstance. To subtly accuse Henson himself of discriminatory hiring practices is obvious bull if one knows anything about Henson's character. I do think it's messed up for a regular performer to make 1500$ a week while her co-workers make several times that, but I don't think that's a male/female
issue, so much as it is a greed issue on the part of Disney.

(And I'm still a Steve Whitmire truther, haha. The corporate machine crushed him and sought to destroy his reputation. Just my opinion.)
 

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Well, again, $1,500 a week is apparently the salary for an additional performer, the "core" performers are principal, so of course they're going to earn more because of it - I think the sexism angle was kind of twisted into it for the sake of drama . . . unless there's evidence otherwise, it's quite possible that even male additional performers are probably also making $1,500 a week, depending.

But hey, that's still an improvement from what Jim himself would pay: after all, when Caroll Spinney was first hired, Jim admitted he really had no knowledge of salaries and as such, only offered Caroll $200 a week - even in 1969, that wasn't a lot of money (especially when he made that a day in Boston working for Bozo).
 
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