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Open Sesame!

October 7, 2016

The content for the original Sesame Street is not suitable for young children.  I repeat, Sesame Street is not kid-appropriate.  I know! The Classic show we all think about as being the ultimate kid show, the classic reference point, what we all know and love and remember from growing up, and … now it’s not appropriate for our kids?  I think we need to explore this a little bit more. 

 

Let’s talk about all of the supposed faux-pas of our beloved Sesame Street: We have mood disorders (Oscar), hallucinations (Snuffleupagus), gluttony and eating disorders (Cookie Monster), and potential homosexuality (Bert and Ernie), and even inner-city poverty and slums.  And this is, apparently, not appropriate for our youth.  I dunno.  I didn’t watch a lot of tv growing up (much to my husband’s chagrin) but Sesame street was definitely one of my few options when given the possibility to watch; and I think I turned out okay.  Makes me wonder, perhaps are we now overly-sensitive to what our kids can and will be exposed to?  It seems as though we are turning our kids into pillow-encrusted, technophiles with an inability to be exposed to anything potentially ‘different’ or unaccustomed.  That doesn’t, though, seem like a setting that is going to appropriately prepare our kids for the real world which is full of diversity.  Where is the lesson in that?

 

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