Every year, the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum awards one lucky woman with an impressive body of work with the Sackler Center Award, typically for their contributions to the advancement of womankind, or, alternatively, their exceptional ability to whine loudly abuot how their lack of significant human contribution is the result of their diminuitive gender. Past honorees include Anita Hill, Sandra Day O’Conner and a list of prominent female voices who have made it exponentially harder to be taken seriously in male-dominated fields.
This year, however, the Sackler Center is changing their focus, and will award their Lifetime Achievement Medal to someone who represents a new era in feminist leadership, whose work has spanned decades, inspiring women of all agens with her lessons on getting what you want, when you want it, especially if what you want is covered in feathers, and when you want it is in direct response to your shrill, unending cries for satisfaction. She is also a puppet.
Yes, the Sackler Center will award this year’s medal in feminist achievement to Miss Piggy.
Miss Piggy, ultimate diva and star of stage and screen, who has inspired generations throughout the world, will receive her very first award at the annual Sackler Center First Awards at the Brooklyn Museum. Kermit the Frog, who has received numerous awards and accolades in his lifetime, will be in the audience to witness this great honor. The awards ceremony and reception will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, June 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A private reception will be followed by the award presentation to Miss Piggy by Elizabeth Sackler. Miss Piggy, who was recently called “The Gloria Steinem of the Muppet world” by the Daily Beast, will give a brief acceptance speech, followed by a 20-minute video retrospective of her career, after which she will take the stage with Ms. Steinem, who has been on hand for the Sackler Center First Awards since its 2012 launch.
Fortunately for Miss Piggy, the award knows no species, so her being a puppet pig should be no hurdle to her acceptance. Neither will, apparently, the fact that she’s played by a man, Frank Oz, so her entire career has, like fellow feminist icon Hillary Clinton’s been merely the figment of her own imagination, the result instead of a man who happened to carry her on his coat-tails, (or in this cas, on one of his arms) to where she is today. The Sackler Center also seems unconcerned with MissPiggies bratty behavior, her diva nature, her constant demands for attention, the fact that she is a fictional character, or the fact that her male-dominated field is mostly dominated by males of different species (sometimes unidentifiable), made of felt.
It’s almost as if they were giving an award to Barbie, who, because of a ever-changing marketing strategy, has had over 200 careers in her lifetime, from swimsuit model to tech company executive, but couldn’t because Barbie sets unrealistic body standards, but a puppet pig has little to no impact on anyone’s self esteem.
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