Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Kids now being protected from...Sesame Street?

Following yesterday's item regarding kid's books being edited to omit references that could be seen as dangerous, the NYT reports that DVDs of the original seasons of Sesame Street will carry warnings that the shows are "intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child." Evidently the show's dingy masonry, trusting relationships between adults and children, and comic outbursts by Oscar the Grouch are considered inappropriate for today's preschool set.

Other problematic themes cited in the article include the skepticism showed by the adult cast members over the existence of Big Bird's giant, hairy, and unseen friend Snuffleupagus, as well as the dietary habits of the sweet toothed muppet Cookie Monster. And these are just the episodes from the early '70s, well before the real trouble erupted when Burt joined the jihad.



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