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Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy

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Written by Ken Tucker
Published 2005
Publisher St. Martin's Press
ISBN 0312330588

Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy is a 2005 book about television featuring a major Muppet in the title Miss Piggy. Written by Ken Tucker, a pop-culture critic for Entertainment Weekly and New York Magazine, this book focuses on hates and likes in regards to various aspects of television. Likes include NewsRadio, CSPAN and Freaks and Geeks, while dislikes include A Charlie Brown Christmas, PBS and Star Trek.

"Hate - Roasting Miss Piggy" is featured on pages 205 to 206. The author prefaces his comments by stating that "Jim Henson is a genius, not a word I use lightly." He goes on to describe Frank Oz and his various Muppet performances. In regard to Miss Piggy, he states that she is the "... most popular Muppet and the least funny, most obnoxious yet bland, culturally influential of Henson's creations." He also laments her "trilled catchphrase" Moi? and comments that he would "like nothing more than to see her roasted on an invented garbage-can-top platter held aloft by Oscar the Grouch, a rotten apple stuffing her mouth into silence."

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