Sesame Street has been a beloved institution of educational children’s programming for decades, but a controversial segment on yesterday’s episode may have tainted its reputation for a very long time coming. The episode depicted Big Bird picking up one of Sesame Street ’s child performers, dunking him in a pail, and then utilizing him as a sponge to cleanse his filthy boat, which begs the question, did the depict “re going too” far?
Yep, parents are going to have a lot of strong thoughts about this one.
The scene that’s inducing all the commotion depicted Big Bird picking up a 4-year-old boy and forcefully dunking him into a pail of steam, sudsy sea, then applying the boy to scrub a thick layer of algae and grime off of his entire boat. The 12 -minute scene included numerous close-ups of the boy’s bloodshot eyeballs, and featured a giant muppet singing a song in a dwell baritone voice with lyrics such as, “This is the only way to truly clean a craft, ” and, “Every boy is a sponge, ” for the entire duration.
Uh, is this really the kind of thing we want most children to be seeing? Unhappy parents are already voicing their concern on twitter, with many claiming the scene has given their children nightmares and made them afraid of pails 😛 TAGEND
But not all parents read the scene as being problematic.
Which side of the fence are you on? Do you think it’s okay for kids’ programming to present children being used to clean barges, or does that “re going too” far for you? This controversy is surely going to inspire some interesting debates on censorship, parenting, and what kinds of things we need to protect our children from learning. For now, all we can do is “ve been waiting for” Sesame Street to respond!