I can see your points and the points of others, but I just cannot agree on all of them. Character, the essence of who someone is, doesn't just change, and certainly not as dramatically as the Henson children are painting Steve's. A person's mental and moral qualities are the foundation from which all actions flow. And actions speak louder than words.
But I'm willing to bet that you don't know Whitmere well enough as a PERSON - and not an on-camera entertainer - to really be able to say that with confidence. Lots of performers put on a show that makes them out to be an entirely different person than they are behind closed doors.
The Henson children acted by spitting on their father's legacy, something they knew was very important to him, selling it not once but twice to the highest bidder. Steve acted by protecting Jim's legacy and its integrity.
Spoken like a person who is just REALLY angry that this had to happen to Kermit, the Muppets and Whitmere. I don't see anything that Henson's kids did that "spit on" their fathers legacy. That's ridiculous. You're really looking at this in black and white; Whitemere is the holy good guy looking out for the Muppets and Henson's kids are big meanies.
And the "highest bigger" comment? For crying out laid, Jim was going to sell to Disney a decade and a half before his kids did. Why are their actions any different than his? Either way, they would have went to Disney.
The Henson children acted by slandering Steve. Steve has acted with empathy, calm, and tact -- with no insults of his own slung.
Well of COURSE he's acting like this. It's the best way to garner sympathy. Is it any wonder he had the first word on any of this. By breaking the news first and acting the way he has, he's ensured that anyone who speaks out against him looks bad. Pretty shrewed.
So until there is something more substantial than hearsay from a morally-bankrupt corporation, greedy children disconnected entirely from The Muppets, and a couple of bitter/envious puppeteers, I decide to remain loyal to Steve Whitmire. I am loyal to the Muppet characters of course, but first and foremost I am loyal to those Muppeteers who have dedicated their lives to and have worked tirelessly to bring them to life. Loyalty, for me, isn't just a weather-vane to be moved to and fro by a fickle wind.
So a large corportation, three of Henson's kids and several Muppet performers can all say pretty much the same thing, but no, Whitmere has done no wrong and everyone is just bitter, envious and mean? To me, that speaks more about you (and other Muppet fans who say the same) having a hard time coping with what's actually happening than anything else.
Jim, were he alive, would have fixed this, I know. As someone said, he would have found the middle ground, put everyone in a time-out and set everything right again. In a Mufasa-like moment, he'd likely tell Steve and his children that they should be on the same side, to stop fighting, and to work together to take back The Muppets from the hyenas. How we need him now...
Unless, like a lot of others, we would have gotten sick enough of him to eventually do exactly what Disney did. But if Jim hadn't died, Whitmere wouldn't have taken over Kermit anyway and this never would have happened. And also, Jim, like every other person that's ever lived, was a human being. Even he wasn't perfect. But putting him on this insanely high pedestal like you have illustrates what I'm talking about perfectly.
Like I said earlier, this isn't a cartoon.