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Sesame Street Considers AIDS Muppet

Discussion in 'Sesame Worlds' started by Phillip, Jul 27, 2002.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here we go again, expect different versions of this story to start showing up...

    Sesame Street Considers AIDS Muppet
    Courtesy of the Associated Press

    The head of PBS won't rule out the appearance of an HIV-positive Muppet on "Sesame Street," saying the show's approach will reflect the virus' impact on U.S. children.

    An HIV-positive character will join South Africa's version of the show in September, and some federal lawmakers had grown alarmed by the possibility of such a character joining the U.S. show, questioning whether it was age appropriate.

    PBS President Pat Mitchell told the Television Critics Association on Friday that the South African character grew from the needs of that country, where millions of children are affected by AIDS.

    If the virus became a more serious problem for U.S. children, "Sesame Street" would be as responsive as it has been to other topics, Mitchell said.

    The public television show aimed at preschoolers has dealt with the issue of death before, Mitchell noted.

    She and the show's producers had previously said no HIV-positive character was planned in the U.S. version.

    South Africa's "Takalani Sesame" is one of several locally produced versions of the children's program, which premiered in the United States in 1969.

    Its new HIV-positive Muppet character was created at the urging of the South African government to educate children about AIDS.

    Some 4.7 million South Africans — one in nine — are HIV positive, more people than in any other country.
  2. matleo

    matleo Well-Known Member

    That headline is VERY misleading. The article doesn't say they are considering it. It just says that if the AIDS epidimic became a larger problem to chidren in the country then they would consider it. the headli makes it sound more eminent. Talk about the media trying to stir things up and create controversay. :rolleyes:

  3. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Well-Known Member

    Yeah, here we go again. Another opportunity for people to get tied up in knots over nothing.

    IF the AIDS crisis in the US reached a critical level, something akin to South Africa's 1 in 9, Sesame Street would consider responding. Gee, I bet if the sky turned green and the grass turned blue Sesame Street would consider making some changes to their sets as well.

    People spend way too much time worrying about what ifs and not enough time trying to improve the actual. IMHO

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