German federal commission on media, ZAK, has declared Kermit the Frog guilty of criminal wrong-doing. Evidently Kermit engaged in illegal product placement during an appearance on commercial TV channel Pro7. This criminal declaration is unlikely to hold legal consequences but doesn't make things any easier on our green friend.
The channel used the famous frog to present its so-called Disney Day of programming, which featured several family-friendly films. But Kermit also mentioned the theatrical release of Disney's The Muppets. Because the promo was not marked on screen as an ad, Pro7 violated German media law, which bans product placement unless clearly identified as such. Pro7 has admitted the error.Hollywood Reporter: Kermit Booked for Illegal Advertising on German TV (via AV Club)