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Sesame Street Strikes Again – Because Little Kids LOVE Murderous Gangsters

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I have always loved Sesame Street. I truly believe that as a child the show helped me learn the alphabet, how to count and what a llama was, and it does the same for my own children. My kids don’t really watch it that often though. We are more likely to be watching Finding Nemo, Wreck it Ralph or Up at our house.

But this morning I turned it on for the little ones while they ate their pancakes and was once again shocked at a show that the writing team chose to mimic. This isn’t my first time being blown away by one of their episodes. For my previous rants on Sesame Street’s choices please see Debbie Does Disney and Sesame Street Strikes Again.

Today’s episode was “Birdwalk Empire” based on the uber-violent HBO gangster show “Boardwalk Empire”. Really? My husband and I watch this show and by my count 247 people were violently murdered this season alone (I’m making that up but it’s probably pretty close).

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The puppet version of the show featured Nucky Ducky & Mallard Capone going head-to-head at the boardwalk with Clucky Luciano and his gang to figure out who has the best bird walk. They ultimately decided to combine their walks in a compromise of song and dance. How beautiful.

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Well produced? Yes. Clever? Yes. I know Sesame Street has always used pop culture to keep lessons relevant. But I still feel slightly uncomfortable with such an innocent program choosing to commemorate the shows on TV that are based on murder, guns, sex and drugs. Seems a little dirty to me. Is it just me?

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Sesame Street Strikes Again

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Recently a friend of mine posted a link to a new Sesame Street segment on their Facebook page. It was another unbelievable play on a sexually-charged, ultra-violent cable show created to teach our children. This time it was “Sons of Poetry” based (duh!) on the very popular fx show Sons of Anarchy. (This isn’t the first time Sesame Street has left me perplexed – see my blog on True Mud here.)

I completely understand what they are trying to do over there at Sesame Street. They are trying to entertain the parents while educating the children. And don’t get me wrong I totally appreciate the effort. But to use True Blood and Sons of Anarchy as their inspiration, two of the most mature and violent shows on TV today, seems so odd to me. The theme songs & graphics match perfectly. The muppets even look like the characters. One muppet in the Sons of Poetry is even wearing brass knuckles for God’s sake. Really?!?!
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So, of course my sick-minded, former marketing brain started to churn and think of all of the other inappropriate shows that my friends over at Sesame Street could mimic next. Please don’t judge me. I’m a stay at home mom and my brain is slightly atrophied so I have to use it in any way that the universe presents itself these days. Oh, and you’re welcome!

Sonnets in the City (based on Sex and the City)
– what better way to teach children about rhyming and iambic pentameter than to share 4 new york fashionista muppets sharing a sonnet about Manolo Blahniks during muppet fashion week?

Nip/Truck (based on Nip/Tuck)
– 2 plastic surgeon muppets would take trucks that want to “change” the way they look and make their dreams come true. An ice cream truck could finally fulfill its life long dream of looking like a shiny red fire truck. A garbage truck can finally look like the cement truck it had always felt like on the inside.

Baking Bad (based on Breaking Bad)
– a muppet in his 20’s and his muppet science teacher would go to secret hideouts in the new mexican desert in their muppet RV and use science to bake secret treats that everyone will want….really, really bad.

Keeping up with the Compound Fractions (based on Keeping up with the Kardashians)
– A blended family full of loud mouthed, self-centered yet oddly rich-as-hell muppets will create contrived and ridiculous situations to teach fractions. If Khloe muppet has 2 stupid conversations with Kim muppet and Kourtney muppet has 1/2 a stupid conversation with Kanye muppet and Bruce muppet just sits there and says nothing, how many stupid muppet conversations happened?

Game of Pronouns (based on Game of Thrones)
– Joffrey the muppet would teach pronouns like himself, whatever and nothing. Khalisi the muppet and her muppet dragons would teach pronouns like everyone, much and everybody.

The Walking Red (based on Walking Dead)
– a group of zombie-hunting vigilante muppets will try to save mankind by solving riddles that reveal the color RED.

GigoLOWS (based on Gigolos)
– this segment will show 4 male muppets going from seedy Vegas bar to seedy Vegas bar wearing really tight shirts (complete with a spiked blonde, overly tanned muppet named Brace) comparing the height of barstools to teach the concept of HIGHER and LOWER.

So there you go Sesame Street. Your creative team can thank me later. Can you all think of any other examples? Get creative and please share them….