Sesame Street Forgets Own History To Be Woke
Sesame Street Forgets Own History To Be Woke
Everyone stop the presses, because this is apparently breaking news. There are black people on “Sesame Street!”
This might have been a big deal in 1969, when the show first premiered, but it is hardly a big deal after over 50 years on the air. Unless, you decide to erase your own history in order to make woke points on social justice for an ignorant, seal-clapping media.
Because it really is the media who are all agog over the fact that Elmo just met two new characters – black Muppets!
The two Muppets, Wes and Elijah, were introduced in a short video created by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the long-running show. In the video, Elmo wants to know why Wes’s skin is brown, so his father Elijah explains the concept of melanin and how “the color of our skin is an important part of who we are,” according to a press release from Sesame Workshop.”
So, after more than 50 years of telling kids to look for similarities between themselves and others instead of their differences, “Sesame Street” is now telling kids to pay attention to their differences because they are EXTREMELY SOCIALLY IMPORTANT. Anyone else see a problem here?
But most of all it’s the targeted indoctrination of the very young that really doesn’t sit well with me.
— Thomas Chatterton Williams 🌍 🎧 (@thomaschattwill) March 25, 2021
This truly is the focus of the left. Having run straight into the wall of the generation who have grown up in a more colorblind culture (especially younger Gen Xers and older Millennials), who are now being made to reject in corporate forums their own perspectives in order to parrot the Critical Race Theory that companies are now anxious to shove down their employees’ throats in order to project their own “anti-racist” views, the Robin DiAngelos and Ibram X. Kendis are going right after the kids. After all, if they can teach the kids how to be “anti-racist,” then they will control the social progress of the next generation to basically resegregate themselves with very little government intervention. That is where this will lead us – straight into a social justice version of segregation, where races will be kept separate in order to protect the minority from the “oppression” of the majority. The segregationists of decades past are likely weeping tears of joy right now in their graves, because this is everything they ever wanted, and now the hard left is advocating for it and calling anyone who disagrees with them a “racist.”
Jim Henson is likely spinning in his grave. Sesame Street, from day one, was someplace that everyone was supposed to be accepted, because we were supposed to be looking for common ground. Not anymore, I guess.
But in order to buy this new, woke version of Sesame Street, you have to ignore the history of the show. Elmo is apparently so brain-dead as to forget that he’s been living near Gordon and Susan on Sesame Street his entire life. You know, ACTUAL HUMAN PEOPLE who are African-American. The audience is supposed to suspend disbelief and accept that Elmo has never met a black person before? (Well, Elmo is an idiot, so who knows, maybe this isn’t much of a stretch.) Why is someone’s skin brown? Has anyone asked Elmo why his fur is red?
But these are BLACK MUPPETS, they say. So, Roosevelt Franklin wasn’t black, then?
Roosevelt Franklin, who appeared in the first seven seasons of Sesame Street, was voiced by Matt Robinson (the original Gordon) and was quite clearly a black character Muppet. But because his felt skin was magenta, apparently he doesn’t count to the minds of the bean-counting woke. Even though the character – get this – was eventually phased out because there were complaints that Roosevelt sounded TOO black, and the white people making the show should not be having black slang, performed by black people, on Sesame Street. This argument was made in 1973, which tells you that nothing ever changes, except the people making the arguments, and those listening.
The other Muppet that immediately popped to my mind? Kingston Livingston III. Performed by Kevin Clash (the former voice of Elmo), this character was clearly intended to be black. Look, even his felt is the right color! Kingston was on Sesame Street from 1993 to 1998. And people clearly identified both Roosevelt and Kingston as African-American characters.
There was Kingston Livingston III played by Kevin clash pic.twitter.com/WLEqr4BNeZ
— Rohail Hashmi (@RohailHashmi6) May 19, 2019
So, what is happening on “Sesame Street?” Nothing but the whitewashing of the show’s history so that they can claim their social justice cred among the woke thought police. Ohhh, I said “whitewashing.” But truly, what else can this be called except the deliberate erasure of characters past, so that there can be a “woke” present, in order to ensure a highly race-conscious future? We’re not living on Sesame Street anymore, because this isn’t what the show was supposed to be about.
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