The Muppets' Miss Piggy has just been recognized as the latest icon for feminism and was given the Sackler Center First Award from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. And why not, seeing as she wears pink, loves makeup and fashion, and is thoroughly devoted to Kermit the (Man) Frog?
The award was presented by Sackler who gave the many reasons Miss Piggy deserved it:
For your spirit, for your determination, for your grit, for your humor, for your confidence, and because you have taught millions of us what it is to have a dream and to go after that dream, and that the beauty comes from within. And for this, you have given a gift to the world and we thank you.
In response, Miss Piggy, ironically voiced and manipulated by a man, asked, "Who has broken more gender barriers than moi?"
"Oh, sure," Piggy added, "at times I've had to resort to karate to break them down, but tough times demand tough women."
Here is the acceptance speech:
Miss Piggy also "wrote" an article for Time in which she explained, "Why I Am a Feminist Pig." (Not to be confused with "male chauvinist pig," she notes.) She shut down any naysayers for this iconic character known for karate chopping her long-time love and devotee Kermit the Frog:
Some Internet opinion givers may question whether moi deserves such an honor. After all, some might say moi is just a mere Hollywood celebrity who cares more about her appearance, her star billing and her percentage of the gross than about women and women’s rights.
To which I can only respond: “Oh yeah!?!” By which, of course, I mean that moi is now and has always been an ardent feminist and champion of women’s rights.
I believe that any woman who refuses to accept society’s preconceived notions of who or what they can be is a feminist. I believe any woman who is willing to struggle, strive — and if necessary learn karate — to make their mark in the world is a feminist. And, yes, I believe that any woman, who cares about her appearance, her star billing and most especially her percentage of the gross, is a feminist.
Miss Piggy goes further by explaining how she "overcame" growing up on a farm where someone else defined who she was and what her future would be, and how she broke away and achieved her own dreams of making it to Hollywood.
During a promotional stint after receiving the award, Miss Piggy appeared in a short video for MTV where she threatened to "come out and get" anyone who doesn't identify as a feminist, while a pandering Kermit looked on:
But as a reminder, Miss Piggy's violence has been a staple for her character even before she was adopted by feminists. In this clip, she gives Kermit a good stomping while the poor man's down:
Miss Piggy... feminist icon.