This is a contest to benefit the WE Schools charity, which is a worthy cause. Apparently, Disney is not going to see a cent of the money, so I can support this and spread the word with a clear conscience. However, I have mixed feelings about the prize and the promotions.
You guys…I would be soooooooooo excited about this if Steve were still performing Kermit. Winning a contest like this would have been a dream come true (I don’t know what verb tense to use there). Believe it or not, I actually have made some strides in the last few weeks toward being able to accept Vogel!Kermit as just Kermit (I have an unfinished post I’m working on talking about it in more detail), but I’m not there yet, and unless/until I can suspend disbelief again, singing with a Kermit that’s not really Kermit…well, I suppose it wouldn’t really be a nightmare, but it wouldn’t be my preference.
Which is not to say that I wouldn’t be excited to meet and sing with Matt. Quite the contrary, actually; I’ve always thought that Matt is an excellent puppeteer and a really nice guy, but I like him more since joining Twitter and observing who he follows. There are lots of things I would like to talk to him about if I ever had the opportunity, not all of them Muppet related. He is also a really good singer, so I would LOVE to sing karaoke with him; I would just prefer that it was a character other than Kermit (like Uncle Deadly or Constantine) because my feelings regarding Kermit are still so mixed up and painful. But I don’t feel like I can say any of this on Twitter because there’s the ever-present possibility that Matt might see it, and the short format might lead to misunderstandings and inadvertently hurt feelings.
I’m also frustrated by the way the contest is being promoted. You click that link to go to the Omaze page, and the first thing you see is a stock photo of Kermit in which he is obviously being puppeteered by Steve. You can just tell by the expression; I can’t explain it. Not only does that just twist the knife, it also feels like false advertising (albeit probably unintentional). On the other hand, when you watch that video, Matt is clearly performing Uncle Deadly at the beginning, so someone else is doubling for Kermit. And again, it’s REALLY obvious and really frustrating because it’s such an unnecessary and easy-to-solve problem, and yet it won’t be solved due to corporate stubbornness and stupidity.
Although on the upside, it does help to illustrate how much Matt has physically improved at performing Kermit in the past year…so that’s something.