Cookie Nibbler

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?

Update: In comments, Amritas provides a link to David Janes’ observation:

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.

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  1. “We all understand we shouldn’t like Oscar the Grouch.”

    Judging from the behavior of some children, not everyone gets it. Put Oscar into therapy now! Let any and all perceived faults on the Street be removed so that children may have perfect Role Models ™ to look up to. Color Cookie Monster green and turn him into the vegan Diet Monster!

    In his post on this subject, David Janes pointed out an amusing irony:

    “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 **** ruining our health care system’ advertising campaigns.”

    http://blog.davidjanes.com/mtarchives/2005_04.html#003294

  2. This is a good chance to do something interesting with Sesame street. Bring in “Tofu monster.” Base him roughly on Tofu Boy, one of my favorite Japanese ghosts.

    There’s a definite need to make the Sesame Street characters creepier. This will be a good start, and the health fascists will only see tofu == good.

  3. Be true to yourself, and face the consequences. I like that, so why can’t we keep seeing it on Sesame Street? We have Oscar the Grouch (anger, pride) and the Cookie Monster (gluttony).

  4. Be true to yourself, and face the consequences. I like that, so why can’t we keep seeing it on Sesame Street? We have Oscar the Grouch (anger, pride) and the Cookie Monster (gluttony).

  5. Mike in Texas says:

    Me love cookies, too

  6. Noooo, Beeman! We must have happy, happy, joy, joy …

    Hey, who let Ren and Stimpy on the “Sesame” set?!

    boo,

    豆腐怪獣 now! He/she/it will be “multicultural.” How can anyone say no?

    If only more people knew what the “fu” (腐) in “tofu” meant …

  7. Reginleif says:

    “We all understand we shouldn’t like Oscar the Grouch.”

    I liked Oscar the Grouch, myself…never could stand Big Bird and his perpetual cheeriness.

  8. Big Bird was a he? I thought it was the original roc chick!