When the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art decided to honor a leader in modern feminism, it was a no-brainer. Billed as “an annual event honoring extraordinary women who are first in their fields,” The Sackler Center First Awards had previously honored former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, writer Toni Morrison, director Julie Taymor, and Anita Hill. You remember Ms. Hill: she became a standard-bearer for feminism when she said Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas once accused an office worker of putting pubes on his can of Coke.
So, to continue this fine line of recognizing outstanding feminists, the Sackler Center chose to honor Miss Piggy for her many contributions to the advancement of women. That’s right: a Muppet made of felt and VOICED BY A MAN is the ideal for modern feminism.
As ludicrous as the idea of awarding a pig puppet a feminism award was, the evening provided even more WTF moments. Perhaps the most pathetic moment came when feminist icon Gloria Steinem had to stand in front of reporters and – with a straight face – laud Miss Piggy for her many contributions to the feminist cause. Here is video of her awkward conversation during the award presentation:
The insanity didn’t end there. MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon actually asked Miss Piggy if she is pro-choice. You can even hear the hesitation in Miss Piggy’s voice (actually Muppeteer Eric Jacobsen) as a felt pig with lipstick tries to dance around the question. Here’s the video:
Mind you, that was Gloria Steinem and MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon talking feminism with a puppet. All the while, out of camera view, a man is squatting down, speaking in a woman’s voice, and staring right at their vaginas.
You’ve come a long way, baby.