Sunday, October 15, 2006

It Ain't Easy Being Red

You don't read many criticisms of Sesame Street. Or, at least I didn't, until I read this by Joel Stein, which ran in August in the LA Times. In "Elmo is an Evildoer," Stein says that the muppet is "destroying all that is holy on children's TV." According to him:

The lesson [Sesame Street] teaches in opposition to Oscar, Big Bird, Grover or Bert is that bland neediness gets you stuff much more easily than character. We are breeding a nation of Anna Nicole Smiths.

Read the rest of it here--it's a riot. And, as long as we're talking about characters from kids' books, what about Babar? Babar is a French elephant who has managed to win the hearts of American children even though, like most French people, Babar is a self-absorbed weenie.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must also credit Joel Stein for being the first to note the connection between Elmo and former Representative Duke Cunningham.

With regard to Babar, wasn't he a Vichy sympathizer during the war?

10:15 PM  
Blogger Amy Allen said...

Good point. Maybe Elmo will get indicted. And, he is "red."

10:33 PM  

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