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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Sesame Street Jumps the Shark

Back when the producers of Sesame Street announced that Cookie Monster would eat healthy food, too, I let other people comment on it. The recent proposal to cut funding for PBS has generated ridiculous cries of "Save Sesame Street" - like one of the most successful children's programs ever needs subsidizing. Well, I have seen over the past two days where Sesame Street is headed. Cut its public funding.

Yesterday I saw the fruits of the "healthy Cookie Monster" idea. Now it wasn't just Cookie Monster eating healthy food - he did do that in a cameo with Elmo. No, instead we had Cookie Monster rapping about healthy food with Wyclef Jean. Three questions for the purveyors of this brilliant idea: 1) Who considers Cookie Monster a role model? 2) If any child did, wouldn't they be the very youngest ones? 3)Do you think that 20-month-olds like rap music? No, they like "Old MacDonald" and "Alphabet Party". Stupid.

However, it was today's episode that showed the need for an end to public funding. Who should appear on Sesame Street but KOFI ANNAN, who helped some SS monsters do things "the United Nations way, together". Clearly, Sesame Street has some politics to push now. How sickening. The free market would likely weed that out, so they can stick to letters, numbers, cultures and street signs.

Then again, Kofi only helped them say the ABC's and have a group hug. Add in supporting tyrannical regimes, allowing genocides, and making anti-Israel resolutions, and you would have what the UN actually accomplishes. Perhaps they weren't so far off after all.


  • "Add in supporting tyrannical regimes, allowing genocides, and making anti-Israel resolutions, and you would have what the UN actually accomplishes"

    Or what the USA accomplishes. The only thing in that list that the USA doesn't do is make anti-Israel resolutions, but 2 out of three ain't bad (especially if the 2 are supporting tyranny and allowing genocide).

    Not a partisan point, just an observation on stones and glass houses.

    pax et bonum

    By Anonymous John, at 6/22/2005 02:19:00 PM  

  • What disturbs me more about Seasame Street than any political commentary is freakin' Elmo's mauling of the English language. It is not OK to refer to yourself in 3rd person. Ever. The imperial "We", however, is acceptable.

    By Blogger Ella, at 6/22/2005 04:32:00 PM  

  • The US accomplishes joint ABC's singing and group hugs? Man, no one ever told me that.

    By Blogger Hammertime, at 6/23/2005 11:16:00 PM  

  • Oh, yes - which genocide did we have our troops overwatch or refuse to call genocide - Sudan? Srebrenica? Nope.

    Tyrannical regimes - sure, but we don't attempt to prevent their replacements by democracies. That's the support I meant.

    By Blogger Hammertime, at 6/23/2005 11:18:00 PM  

  • Just look at the history of Central and South America over the past 30 years, and the USA's involvement there - supporting tyrannical regimes, aiding and abetting in police states, providing information leading to the arrest of rebels, keeping silence about "disappearances".

    I'm not trying to be anti-USAian here, but the USA is far from pure. Few governments are, of course, but it rankles when the USA proclaims its own moral virtue in the face of the facts about its own conduct, and condemns others for the things it is guilty of itself.

    pax et bonum

    By Anonymous John, at 6/24/2005 04:40:00 AM  

  • Personally, I don't really care and as long as they keep putting the letters, numbers and even healthier eating, that is fine with me as a mom. I don't really care what their personal agendas are(to be honest,I don't think that they are promoting that to children); they assume that there are parents watching as well. And no I don't think that Cookie Monster is much of a role model but Elmo is and healthy eating begins when they are 1,2, and 3 yrs old--habits that they continue on through adulthood. If God says for us to treat our bodies as temples, then it begins here.

    By Blogger Teresa, at 6/24/2005 04:02:00 PM  

  • I came by via Thornblog.
    I'm enjoying checking out your blog.
    This post was funny. I'm wondering if President or Laura Bush have had a guest spot on SS yet?
    As for the Cookie Monster...
    His name is COOKIE Monster, and he should be eating cookies for crying out loud!

    By Blogger Jamie Dawn, at 6/30/2005 11:13:00 PM  

  • We are not pure, John. No government is. I think we come the closest...but I'm not exactly objective! We do, however, make much more of an effort than most to be pure.

    As for Cookie and the Gang, they are still staples in the Team HQ. They may have jumped the shark, but I've more than compensated for the liberal politics of the producers/writers by adding Rush and Hannity to the noise in the house on an occasional basis. Mwuahahaha!

    JD, thanks for coming by again. C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me!

    By Blogger Hammertime, at 7/01/2005 12:41:00 AM  

  • I have to agree with Teresa... do you really think the average, or even above average 1, 2, I'll even go so far as say 3yo even realizes, much less understands the political inuenodos? I grew up with SS and remain an avid Grover fan. My kids, however, prefer the Wiggles, much more music and dancing! And they do say that music is mentally stimulating... some days I even go around singing the "Wiggle Dance". As for SS, let kids be kids... they will grow up soon enough and get into politics on their own!

    By Anonymous SAH Mom, at 7/02/2005 11:09:00 PM  

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