Wall Street protests are one thing; Main Street protests hit closer to home. But when the "occupying" liberal protesters are threatening to take over Sesame Street, well, something must be done.
As we noted earlier this week, the beloved children's characters are struggling to keep food in their little muppet tummies. Now, their human friends are taking up their cause. Reports came streaming in over Twitter from the front lines of the protest:
"Oscar has started a trashcan drum circle"
"Green frog savagely beaten after he tells officer that he's dating 'a pig'"
"99% of the cookies are consumed by 1% of the monsters"
"Wages at Mr. Hooper's store have been frozen since 1982"
"The few prosper while others live in garbage cans!"
"Our education system is broken -- just listen to Elmo's syntax"
"In a democracy, it's your vote that counts. On Sesame Street, it's your Count that votes. Ah-ah-ah!"
"There's no such thing as 'tickle down' prosperity"
"Ernie's ducky: Made in China"
Bert's been arrested...
...and Oscar has joined others in civil disobedience:
The Washington Post's Alexandra Petri writes:
It’s one thing to watch real people suffer. But if our fictional characters are hurting, this must be a crisis. Fictional suffering is the one thing we can’t abide. Slavery lasted for years. But only when Uncle Tom’s Cabin came out with fictional characters in pain did the general public start getting up in arms. ...
Once you start thinking of these characters as real people, all kinds of troubles emerge. There wasn’t food insecurity on Sesame Street before? One of the characters lives in a garbage can and, I think, eats garbage.
And don’t get me started on that Count, who clearly has some sort of crippling OCD and really could stand some orthodontic help. Not only that, none of the characters seem to age, and I am pretty sure Big Bird is a grown man in a bird suit who hangs out with preschool-age children.
Still, if the recession can penetrate to Sesame Street, then nothing is safe.
It's time to join the fight. Say it with me...
What do we want? Cookies!
When do we want 'em? NOW!