Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Old School Sesame Street Full of Bad Role Models

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This is one for the gimme a break category.

It's recently been revealed that the first two DVD packages of the earliest episodes of Sesame Street (which debuted on PBS in 1969) have warning labels on them that indicate they're "intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today's preschool child."

The program's executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente told The New York Times that they probably wouldn't be able to show a lot of classic images on Sesame Street today. Cookie Monster is cited as a major criminal for eating all those cookies or smoking a pipe while playing Alistair Cookie.

According to Parente, the Oscar the Grouch character would not be created now. Too grouchy and mean. Snuffleupagus is a reference to hallucinations. And in the very first episode that ever aired, Gordon befriends a lonely little girl, takes her hand and leads her home to meet his wife and eat milk and cookies.

That PBS. Such a live wire for controversial programs (remember the Arthur fiasco about the potentially gay animated character from a few years ago?) Do they not know what kids are watching nowadays? It's ironic how parents will let their brats play nauseatingly violent video games, watch the same kind of crap on TV, have easy access to porn online and in their own house, swear, run around disrupting customers in public places, and allow them to yell and punch them, but yet Cookie Monster is considered "unsuitable."


  1. I completely agree with this. Is it true the Cookie Monster is now the Veggie Monster? I mean, it's cute, but it's not the same.

    I grew up on these guys, still watch it from time to time if I pass it channel surfing and it's such a wonderful show. I learned so much, fell in love with those Muppets (Ernie, I'm looking at you!) and believe it or not, I had a relatively safe and normal childhood. We've become too sensitive and it's very, very sad.

  2. It's just pathetic the way that "family-friendly" has become synonymous with vapid, mind-numbing and supposedly "politically correct" BS. The Sesame Street I grew up watching was creative and stimulating. It helped children develop their personal creativity and was always fun to watch.

    The way these people try to create this little fantasy Disney world where "nobody is ever going to be offended" is sad and worrying. If I ever have a kid, I'm definitely going to show him those original episodes.

  3. Pam, there's just a handful of blogs that are works of art. This is one of them. That comes from a guy old enough to be your grandpappy.

    Clif Martin AKA Paul Barbour

  4. Ridiculous. I can definitely see the differences between old school sesame street and today, and Old school rocked. Different times. And you're so right about the disgusting violent video games and shows that parents let their kids watch and everything else. The language on kids today is also repulsive. But a lot of parents just shrug it off, yet get all in a snit over stuff like this.


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