msnbc.com Entertainment – Kermit the Frog makes illegal move on German television
Kermit has run afoul of Germany‘s media authorities. ZAK, the federal commission charged with regulating the German airwaves, found Kermit guilty of illegal product placement in an appearance last year on commercial network Pro7.
The channel used the famous frog to present its so-called Disney Day of programming, which featured several family-friendly films. But Kermit also mentioned the theatrical release of Disney’s “The Muppets.” Because the promo was not marked on screen as an ad, Pro7 violated German media law, which bans product placement unless clearly identified as such. Pro7 has admitted the error.
Strange Random Muppets Quote:
“What happened was that because my dad had made ‘Sesame Street‘ and it was a huge hit, everyone said, ‘Oh, (‘The Muppet Show’) is for kids. We don’t want something that’s feeling extra silly.’ It was never intended to be for kids. My dad was a very determined salesman. He always had faith that his work would be successful. He never stopped trying to sell The Muppets.” – Brian Henson
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