Sesame Street has been a beloved organization of educational children’s programming for decades, but a controversial segment on yesterday’s episode may have defiled its reputation for a long time coming. The episode depicted Big Bird picking up one of Sesame Street ’s child performers, dunking him in a bucket, and then applying him as a sponge to cleanse his filthy boat, which implores the issues to, did the show go too far?
Yep, parents are going to have a lot of strong sensations about this one.
The scene that’s inducing all the commotion demonstrated Big Bird picking up a 4-year-old boy and forcefully dunking him into a bucket of steaming, 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 ballad in a brood baritone voice with lyrics such as, “This is the only way to truly clean a barge, ” and, “Every boy is a sponge, ” for the entire duration.
Uh, is this really the kind of thing we want our children to be seeing? Unhappy parents are already voicing their concern on twitter, with many claiming the scene has given their children nightmares and built them afraid of pails 😛 TAGEND
But not all parents consider the scene as being problematic.
Which side of the barrier are you on? Do you think it’s okay for kids’ programming to depict children being used to rinse barges, or does that “re going too” far for you? This dispute is surely going to inspire some interesting debates on censorship, parenting, and what kinds of things we need to protect our kids from seeing. For now, all we can do is wait for Sesame Street to answer!