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I heard several days ago that Sesame Street
's Cookie Monster
is cutting back on cookies
. My first thought was that it was stupid.
Sure, I see the reasoning behind the move. Obesity is on the rise, especially among kids. Still, I hold firm. Yes, there are more fat kids today than ever, but that's not Cookie Monster's fault. The "new" Cookie Monster may be promoting temperance, but that's not supposed to be his job anyway - that responsibility lies on parents. Cookie Monster is a caricature that, through his love for cookies, teaches us that "C is for cookie," and if today's kids can't see past his voracious appetite, it's the fault of parents who can't or won't teach them any better.
Watch... before you know it, they'll be writing Snuffleupagus
, Count von Count
, and Oscar the Grouch
out. Snuffy will go because his being an imaginary character could lead to children being unable to distinguish make-believe from reality. Similarly, The Count will be gagged because, by counting everything he has, he promotes materialism. Oscar will likewise be trashed in favor of characters promoting good hygiene and better manners. Aren't you excited about these changes?