The episode received hate from Twitter. For example, media personality Candace Owens tweeted in response, "I can't believe I'm tweeting this but.. they are pushing the trans agenda on children via muppet babies. This is sick and PERVERTED. Everyone should be disturbed by predatory cartoons meant to usher children into gender dysphoria. Bring back manly muppets, anyone?"
"Gonzo" was originally a character who claimed he was misunderstood while trying to foist his half-baked "performance art" ideas on an always unreceptive audience.
The original character is worlds apart from the new "Gonzorella'' in "Muppet Babies." In one segment of the show, the other characters are talking excitedly about an "amazing princess" they met at the "royal ball," alluding to the classic Cinderella story. Throughout their dialog, they refer to the princess using the pronoun "they."
They insist that Gonzo should have been there, which is when Ganzo does reveal that they are, in fact, the "amazing princess," and that her name is "Gonzorella," mentioning that the others all "expected me to look a certain way."
"Everyone," Gonzo says, "there's something I need to tell you. The princess who came to your ball tonight was me." After magically putting on a dress, Gonzo adds: "I'm Gonzorella."
As part of the ensuing conversation, Piggy apologizes. "Oh Gonzo, we're sorry, it wasn't very nice of us to tell you what to wear to our ball," she says.
Another character adds: "You're our friend and we love you any way you are."
"Muppet Babies" may be part of a growing trend to push a progressive, gender fluid ideology. Arthur, Blues Clues, and My Little Pony are among those kids' tv shows that have reworked their characters and storylines to fit new critical gender ideology. The entire Nikelodeon network has also come under the spell of gender ideology.
Recent reporting indicates that if the Viacom-owned channel is trying to get "woke" for the sake of ratings, the plan isn't quite working out. According to a site called Pirates & Princesses, the ratings for the Nickelodeon are stagnating.
"Since July of 2017, Nickelodeon’s viewership has dropped from 1.3 million average viewers per week to a June of 2021 average of only 372,000. In only four years, Nickelodeon has dropped more than two thirds of its audience. That is catastrophically bad for the cable channel, but with cable on the way out, maybe it’s not so bad? The catch here is that it is, in fact, that bad and perhaps worse, simply because Nickelodeon seems to be the primary driving force behind new subscribers to Paramount," they report.
Others, like Pink News, praised the episode. "Muppet Babies have a beautiful message of acceptance for gender non-conforming kids everywhere," read its headline. "Muppet Babies’ Gonzo-rella Is the Cutest Disney Princess," Vulture raved, placing the article under "wholesome content." Out Magazine similarly wrote: "Muppet Babies Just Celebrated Gender-Variant Kids in the Best Way."