Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blasphemy on the Playground

Today my son and I went to the park and we met a sweet little girl about Harley's age, named Victoria. Victoria and Harley hit it off like gangbusters. While the two of them were off picking beetle carapaces from the barks of pines, Victoria's lovely mother, Rebecca and I had a nice little chat about all things kid. It was during this little chat that I heard the most vile of profanities... The lovely Rebecca informed me in complete gossip style (which I love!) that the cookie monster was having an identity crisis of sorts. She said, that she heard that the cookie monster was going to be renamed the "Carrot Monster"!!!? WHAT? NO WAY!! Well, that's what she heard... she hasn't actually SEEN the Carrot Monster, but she knows people who have... hmmmmmmmmm... Really?

She went on to say that apparently PBS had been getting complaints that the cookie monster was not setting a good example for the children and was another chink in the chain of childhood obesity. ( In the words of the notorious Dennis Leary... "Why do I gotta get mad about this shit?!") At least I think it was Dennis... Anyway, we were both naturally appalled at the notion that this would even be considered rationally by anyone!! Least of all the PBS/Sesame Street gang! (I told you weird things were happening on Sesame Street back in August... Remember?)

Of course I came right home and Googled the hell out of it, and found that it just an ugly rumor. (What the hell's wrong with me??) That's another story... While it's true that now the cookie monster does eat other foods BESIDES cookies, AND cookies are now touted as a "sometimes" food on the show, the cookie monster does still indeed eat cookies. AND he will not be renamed "The Carrot Monster". Whew! That was a close one! I can live with this, for now. BUT, again I say... what happened to Miss Piggy and Kermit?? What about the "yep yep yep yep yep yep and nope nope nope nope nope Monsters"? If I hear any rattlings about how vampires who love to count are not appropriate for kids to watch, you can bet I'll have something to say about it.

I've got my eye on you Sesame Street... and don't you think I don't!


Ms. Moon said...

Someone has to do it and let it be you, Ms. Fleur. Keep those Muppets in line!

Sarcastic Bastard said...

That is about the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Why don't they just add an anorexia monster instead, who exercises constantly?

I kid. I kid. Sort of.

Petit fleur said...

MM-- Yes, I plan on running a tight Muppet ship!

SB-- Oh MY GOD!!! That is hilarious! I love the anorexia monster!! Even when you're crabby, you're a stitch!

I hate that mainstream doesn't stress the importance of PARENTS being the big role models for their kids... I never modeled myself after a puppet!

Steph(anie) said...

I knew we were in trouble when Disney bought the Muppets a few years back. I'm not really anti-Disney, but Disney and Muppets just don't go together.

May said...

When I was a kid Cookie Monster was my favorite. C IS FOR COOKIE and WILL ALWAYS BE FOR COOKIE!!!!

Petit fleur said...


Good to see you. Yes, nothing is sacred.


I knooooooooooOOOOoow! How can C be for anything BUT COOKIE?? carrot, HUMPH! Even if this wretched rumor were true... What the hell rhymes with carrot?