Does watching Muppets commit acts of wanton violence lead to aggressive behavior?
Maybe someone could do a study on that.
In the meantime, check out these old black-and-white TV commercials for Wilkins Coffee. SuperPunch explains:
In 1957, Jim Henson was approached by a Washington, D.C. coffee company to produce ads for Wilkins Coffee… From 1957 to 1961, Henson made 179 commercials for Wilkins Coffee…
The ads starred the cheerful Wilkins, who liked Wilkins Coffee, and the grumpy Wontkins, who hated it. Wilkins would often do serious harm to Wontkins in the ads — blowing him up, stabbing him with a knife, and smashing him with a club, among many other violent acts…
in October 1958, the company offered vinyl puppets… The offer on the [coffee] can said, "Hey Kids! I’m Wilkins — he’s Wontkins — you see us on TV!" Obviously, Wilkins Coffee and Henson knew that the Muppet characters had kid appeal, although this doesn’t seem to have had any effect on the use of violence and terror in the ads.
Coffee… now there’s something that makes me aggressive!