The Brooklyn Museum in New York will be honouring the long-time Muppets star with the Sackler Center First Award on Thursday evening (June 4th).
Miss Piggy has delighted viewers for decades, but now she’s being honoured by the Brooklyn Museum’s center for feminist art with the Sackler Center First Award.
She’ll be receiving the award in New York on Thursday night, thus joining previous recipients like Sandra Day O’Connor, Susan Stroman and Toni Morrison.
Reacting to the news, the Muppet said “Moi is thrilled, but frankly, not surprised to be receiving this Sackler Centre First Award. It is truly wonderful to be celebrated and share this honour with fellow legends, role models, and pioneers of female fabulosity. We rock!”
Her long-time love interest Kermit the Frog will be in attendance at the ceremony, which will include a 20-minute retrospective on her career and a conversation with long-time women’s rights campaigner Gloria Steinem.
In a new piece for Time magazine, she tells everybody why ‘moi’ deserves to receive the honour (in a piece created by The Muppets’ studio). “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.”
Miss Piggy is what would be described as a third-wave feminist – one who believes that it’s important for women to pursue their dreams rather than falling in lock-step with the solidarity dictats of the previous wave of the '60s and '70s.
She says: “It’s true, I did not march in Women’s Rights parades down Fifth Avenue in the early 1970s. (That was long before I was born). However, today, in solidarity with my feminist 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.”
However, she rounded off her article with a statement of belief that ought to unite every feminist. “I believe that any woman who refuses to accept society’s pre-conceived 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.”
American Thighs was released on this day in 1994.