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THEY DRAFTED ELMO'S DADDY!

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That's nuts.
Yeah. And there can be a sequel for the children of Iraq verterans, "Elmo Deals With His Daddy's PTSD," wherein Elmo learns never to sneak up on daddy and not to make sudden noises.

((sigh))
*veterans
You had me panicked for a moment there, babe -- I thought at first you meant Kevin Clash.

Muppets.

Okay.
Somehow this seems almost as depressing as that, what was it, the UNICEF PSA, with a wailing Baby Smurf sitting in the bombed-out wreckage of Smurf Village. Gah.
There was a story on NPR about this last night and they had clips from the show. It sounded great - it was all about Elmo's feelings of awkwardness and shyness now that his Dad was coming home, and his Mom reassuring him that it was okay to feel that way, and stuff like that. I thought it was a fantastic idea, employed with the kind of sensitivity they've always had (I, too, remember the Hooper episode).

The single parents who are having to deal with this issue in real life are probably grateful they have one more tool to help their children deal with Mom/Dad's absence. I don't see how this makes light of war or usurps the parenting role. Certainly their advocacy group (I forget the name but they are a counselling group for veterans and families of military) was saying they were excited about it. The Children's TV Network is giving videos to that group for free.
That's the story I linked.
I think that's really cool.
Elmo has a daddy?
*can't resist*


They start to shed around age ten. And then the tentacles sprout.
Good for them.
I am...torn on this one. It would be nice to think that childhood could remain innocent, shielded from the realities of life--all of them, not just parental absences and the strangeness of the absent one's return. I think it would also be foolish to expect that innocence in today's world.

I can think of few groups I'd trust better than Sesame Street to come up with a message on this subject appropriate to the sensibilities and insecurities of children. Huzzah to the decision-makers there for being willing to take on this responsibility.
Yeah, the thing that strikes me is: half a million kids, right? who are not innocent, because they already have a deployed parent. Not to mention their classmates, their friends, the kids whose parents haven't been deployed but might be. To avoid the issue is to make those kids invisible for the sake of the children who don't have or see the same problems.

But kids see a lot. There comes a point, and I think we are totally there with this war, where to keep silence is just to deny those kids a few coping tools and strategies.
While I hate the fact that any child would have to deal with such issues, I applaud Sesame Street and the writers thereof for attempting to address them.

Sesame Street has always been all about teaching children about more than just letters and numbers. Kermit's song "It's Not Easy Being Green" still gets my eyes watering. A simple song, really, and all about accepting what you are as you are, and not trying to just 'fit in' with the rest of the world.

You can't get much more real than that.
Yeah. I can't argue, in general, with the Message of the Muppets, inasmuch as there is a Muppet Unified Field Theory.

Sesame Street Goes to War

Bert and Ernie tried to sign up, but they got rejected because they refused to be stationed apart from each other.

Snuffleupagus is a sniper -- taking advantage of his invisibility to all but big bird, holding his breath as he balances the rifle on one paw and squeezes the trigger gently with his snout.

Oscar is a mechanic, welding trash-can lids on to otherwise unarmored humvees.

The Count is the slowest, most hated supply clerk in tikrit "one MRE, ha ha ha; TWO MRE's ha ha ha..."

Cookie monster's gotten thin from marching, and rarely sees a cookie, but has disturbing dreams.



Re: Sesame Street Goes to War

You know, there's something terribly poignant waiting to be done with the Oscar thing.
Is Kermit doing war coverage? Cant Super Grover just go take care of this problem?