Although more than three decades have passed since the first broadcast of a puppet with a big white hat on was shown on prime time television in western europe and the US, recent publications of photographs on the internet depicting an allegedly Scandinavian looking gentleman attempting to cook everything from a moose to a coconut have suddenly reignited the debate about the freedom of the media to publish images that might offend fundamentalist Scandinavians.
Unenragaged Swedes were said to have raised neither eyebrow at reports that a TV show from the 1970's had shown their nation in a particularly comic light.
Although no reports have yet been received from Stockholm that effigies of Jim Henson were being burnt in the centre of the city, police in the Swedish capital were still taking no chances and were said to be directing bemused tourists to their hotels as they fell over on icy pavements. "The image we had of the typical Swede has been shattered since we arrived here" said one recent British arrival wearing Bermuda shorts and sunglasses in the middle of february.. We thought they all said bork, bork, bork at the end of every sentence. Mind you, we thought we were on the plane to Alicante till we arrived at customs"
Some elements of Swedish society were however still less than impressed by last ditch attempts from the diplomatic community to quell the row that has been brewing since the revelation that a frog and a pig had been seen cavorting on prime time television in front of millions of viewers as if they were lovers as some had claimed after seeing the flickering black and white images from the 1970's.
One source was quoted as saying "It's ok we have no problem with the pig and the frog, in fact we have made many movies about this sort of relationship in the past. My friend has these sort of films for sale if you are interested"
Asked whether his friend also sold films about chefs who cooked moose or coconuts he suddenly became defensive and refused to look our reporter in the eye" it's people like you who give our country a bad name. That chef thing was nearly thirty years ago, we still have to overcome that Swedish stereotype thing because of you and the way you think we speak" he added angrily before his friend interrupted " It's no problem. Films about the Swedish chef and the moose are 100 kronor extra"