BBC branded ‘tone deaf’ for airing The Muppets film where Kermit dances with cheering Russian soldiers

THE BBC has been branded as “tone deaf” after it aired Muppets Most Wanted in which Kermit the Frog dances with cheering Russian soldiers.

The movie stars Ricky Gervais as villain Dominic Badguy and sees the comedian teaming up with a criminal mastermind called Constantine, who looks just like Kermit.

The BBC has been branded as ‘tone deaf’ for airing a film with cheering Russian soldiers

Kermit the Frog features in Muppets Most Wanted where he spends time in a Russian prison

Kermit the Frog features in Muppets Most Wanted where he spends time in a Russian prison

However, it wasn’t long before the real Kermit got ambushed in Berlin and is arrested by police and transferred to a Russian prison.

Kermit was then given a warm welcome by his fellow Russian prisoners as they believed he was Constantine.

Later on, prison warden Nadya and the Russian prisoners end up befriending Kermit after he teaches them to sing and dance.

However, the movie has sparked fierce outrage, with many viewers calling out the BBC for putting the film on the TV schedule at all.

‘FEELS A LITTLE TONE-DEAF’

It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared an invasion of Ukraine last Thursday.

Alongside an emoji of an angry face, one person sarcastically penned: “Muppets Most Wanted on the BBC seems like a perfect time to play a film about a Russian crime mastermind.”

Echoing their comments, someone else vented: “BBC playing Muppets Most Wanted, which includes Kermit being locked up in a Russian Gulag, feels a little tone-deaf.” 

While a third added: “Well done to the BBC for the most insensitive choice of family film today.”

Kyiv came through another night of siege as the brutal war between Ukraine and Russia enters day five.

It came as high-level peace talks are expected to be held at 10am UK time between Moscow and Kyiv on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.

Russia’s defence ministry has for the first time acknowledged suffering losses in the conflict, but has not said how many have died. 

The decision to air the film has not gone down well with some

The decision to air the film has not gone down well with some

A military truck burns after being abandoned following fighting in Kharkiv, Ukraine

A military truck burns after being abandoned following fighting in Kharkiv, UkraineCredit: AP

Vladimir Putin has put his nuclear forces on high alert

Vladimir Putin has put his nuclear forces on high alertCredit: EPA

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has agreed to peace talks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has agreed to peace talksCredit: Reuters

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