Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster is being transformed into a monster who occasionally works cookies into his balanced diet. Jonah Goldberg protests.
The whole point of the Cookie Monster character was to have a character who was silly because he ate so much. If Cookie Monster were a Greek god, he’d be the god of gluttony. Wouldn’t it have been more honest and simply better to implore kids not to be too much like the Cookie Monster rather than make the Cookie Monster like everyone else? We all understand we shouldn’t like Oscar the Grouch.
. . . The social engineering on display in the negation of Cookie Monster’s identity is no less sweeping than it would be if they declared Grover a transsexual.
Sesame Street tells kids to “be true to yourself,” Goldberg points out. Why can’t Cookie Monster be true to his appetite?
On the subway last night I couldn’t help note that a huge percentage of the signs are posted from the government offering advice on how to improve our lives. I’m getting a few mixed messages here though with the whole “don’t ruin your kid’s self esteem worrying about your weight” vs. “you’re an obese little porker and it’s time you did something about it you fat f*ck ruining our health care system” advertising campaigns.
Clearly, the solution is to feel good about ruining our health care system.