Tuesday, November 20, 2007


It's really, really sad to see how every single moment of our existence is now scrutinized by the evil a-cigar-is-never-just-a-cigar media catering to the extremist soccer moms (and dads) who reside in the land of NIMBY.

According to this article, the newly-released, early-episode Sesame Street digital DVDs (gotta add those to my wish list) now contain the warning "These early ‘Sesame Street’ episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child." Because Ernie & Bert lived together, Cookie Monster didn't eat salads, and Big Bird had LSD flashbacks of Snuffy.
It's actually a very interesting article - the GenX toddler experience vs how we (the same GenXers) are raising kids today. Now, you can't be too careful. Adults aren't particularly trustworthy. The world is too scary.

I don't know about you, but there were some pretty scary things in our world of the 70s and 80s...I grew up in the time of Wayne Williams, cyanide-laced Tylenol, and that evil USSR. It was nice to chill out with Gordon and Susan, and Mister Looper (Hoopah! Hoopah!). I kinda liked songs about how "Everyone makes mistakes" and "I love trash."

So forgive me if I don't want to think about how Ernie was naked with his rubber ducky. I'll take him and the whole SS gang, Mr. Rogers, Sigmund the Seamonster & all his hallucinogenic friends, Schoolhouse Rock teaching me about conjunctions, and even that wacky talking lemon from Saturday morning cartoon breaks ANY day, ANY time.



Eric K. said...

If this were a video comment, you would see me sitting here with both fists clenched and a "son of a ..." expression on my face. I have had it up to _here_ with all of this P.C. junk. Perhaps if parents were just a tad more responsible in raising their kids, instead of relying on TV to do the job, we wouldn't have to deal with this. I don't need Cookie Monster to tell me to eat salad - Mom and Dad did that. So I never associated the character with what I wanted to eat! Arggh!!!!!

Amy said...

I don't have time to be coherent about the larger issue, but what I'm really exited about is that you just informed me that early Sesame Street is now available on DVD!!!!!!! Oh, I will be buying those, and Benjamin will be watching Elmo-free Sesame Street with me!!!! Oh, hooray!!!

Pam said...

I saw this article, too, and said, "Gimmee a break!" Why can't it be Big Bird's imaginary friend? And you know what...people smoke. Parents smoke. Even today! And who doesn't bathe in the nude? I know it's shocking.

I love Cookie Monster. And I eat cookies. I'm not ashamed. My kid eats cookies, too. So there!

idyllicchick said...

He's a lemon? I always like the hankering for a hunk of cheese guy, but I never realized that he's a lemon! Thanks!