The world’s most beloved porcine, movie star, fashion icon and all-round world-famous fabulous female, Miss Piggy will now add ‘feminist’ to her list of accolades.
Miss Piggy was recently awarded a feminism award from the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and was presented the award by well-known champion of women’s rights, Gloria Steinem.
The Sackler Center First Awards was by Steinem and Elizabeth Sackler, a historian and activist and is an annual event that honours extraordinary women who stand out as leaders in their fields.
Sackler explained awarding Miss Piggy was only a natural step. She said, “She has inspired children to be who you are — and this squares very directly with feminism.”
In response to her being given this very special honour, Miss Piggy wrote down her thoughts in a piece to TIME online. Here is an excerpt of what Miss Piggy’s remarks:
Some Internet opinion givers may question whether moi deserves such an honor. After all, 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.
I believe that any woman who refuses to accept society’s preconceived 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. And, yes, I believe that any woman, who cares about her appearance, her star billing and most especially her percentage of the gross, is a feminist.
So, now that I have dispatched the naysayers, moi can accept this Sackler Center First Award with my head held high and my feminist bona fides affirmed.
Yet one last question remains: What is the future of feminism? The answer is obvious — feminism’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.