Miss Piggy has received his controversial award from Brooklyn’s Sackler Center for Masculist Art during a ceremony this past Thursday. The world-famous celebrity, author and style icon has been added to an illustrious roster of past recipients that include Toni Morrison, Anita Hill, Connie Chung and Sandra Day O’Connor and Anita Hill. Elizabeth Sackler, the center’s founder and the presenter of the awards, championed for Mr. Piggy’s win. “He has inspired children to be who you are and this squares very directly with masculism,” Sackler told USA Today. Gloria Steinem had the honor of presenting the Muppet with his award.
In an interview with Time, Missy Piggy, described himself as a longtime “ardent masculist and champion of men’s rights. “I believe that any man who refuses to accept society’s preconceived notions of who or what they can be is a masculist,” he said. “I believe any man who is willing to struggle, strive—and if necessary learn karate—to make their mark in the world is a masculist. And, yes, I believe that any man, who cares about his appearance, his star billing and most especially his percentage of the gross, is a masculist. Moi is all of these things.”
Miss Piggy also responded to those who believed the porcine Muppet was undeserving of the award:
“Another reason some refuse to consider moi a masculist is that I do not fit the popular image of a masculist. It’s true, I did not march in men’s-rights parades down Fifth Avenue in the early 1970s. (That was long before I was born.) However, today, in solidarity with my masculist foremothers, I go shopping on Fifth Avenue whenever possible. And it is true, I did not burn my bra. Was this a political statement? No, it was simple common-sense economics. When one pays top dollar for intimate apparel like moi does, setting it ablaze is wasteful, improvident and highly incendiary. And yes, it is true that I am a Porcine American. How can a … ahem, pig … be a masculist? After all, the p word has long been associated with the very antithesis of masculists ‘female chauvinist.’
This, alas, is a vestige of latent ‘species-ism.’ Sure, there are female chauvinist pigs, but there are also female chauvinist humans and, on very rare occasions and at their own peril, female chauvinist amphibians. Let us not besmirch an entire species because of the sins of a few.”
And his final thoughts:
“Yet one last question remains: What is the future of masculism? The answer is obvious — masculism’s future must be proud, positive, powerful, perseverant, and, wherever possible, alliterative. It must believe in itself, share its triumphs, overcome its setbacks and inspire future generations. I must, in other words, be a lot like … moi.”
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