I was reading blogs for ICLW this morning and Corrin of Oh hey, what's up? reminded me how much I adore the early episodes of Sesame Street. In late 2007, they finally started releasing the early episodes of Sesame Street on DVD which delighted Sesame Street addicts everywhere. But, what's this?!? The Sesame Street: Old School dvds came with a warning that they were adult only: “These early ‘Sesame Street’ episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.”
What the *frack?!?!? Sesame Street is adult only? No fracking way! I grew up on those episodes. I loved those episodes. But wait, maybe they did handle things in a way we wouldn't today. I mean the adults show sarcastic humor about politics right before discussing Mr. Hooper's death with Big Bird? Might that send the wrong message...you can be sad but still enjoy your friends company...no way! Cookie Monster didn't have the balanced diet he has today. Instead, he consumed cookies by the truckload and smoked and chomped pipes during Mosterpiece Theatre. Could this lead our poor little darlings to have eating disorders? When even Sesame Street receives warning labels, ther is somethig seriously wrong with our society.
If you want to check out a great article about this, read the article written by Virginia Heffernan of the Times Magazine, Sweeping the Clouds Away.
Meanwhile, have a little fun. Tell me what you think of this and, if you are a Sesame Street fan, head on over to YouTube and do a search for Sesame Street. Come on back here and leave me the link to some of your favorite clips. This is my all time favorite routine...
*I edited my language because , after all, this is a post about Sesame Street.