Friday, April 08, 2005

What's a Cookie Monster To Do?

Something might be a little amiss in the land of Muppets:

First PBS announced that "Sesame Street" would kick off its 35th season this week with a multiyear story arc about healthy habits. No problem there; childhood obesity rates are soaring. Then I learned of changes that turned my "Sesame Street" world upside-down.

My beloved blue, furry monster -- who sang "C is for cookie, that's good enough for me" -- is now advocating eating healthy. There's even a new song -- "A Cookie Is a Sometimes Food," where Cookie Monster learns there are "anytime" foods and "sometimes" foods.

Yes, children's obesity rates are ... disturbing. But did they have to mess with the big, blue guy? Sigh. Another cherished childhood memory relegated to the dustbin. __________ Update: The folks at Monkeyfilter have quite a bit to say on this subject.

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