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04:36 pm: Is it just me…

Or does anyone else find the involvement of the Muppets and Sesame Street Characters in the culture war disturbing?

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From:arhyalon
Date:July 26th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
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Supporting gay marriage in anti-Chick-Fil-A posters.

I realize that there is currently a tussle between Jim Henson's company and the restaurant chain, but I guess, given my druthers I'd rather not see the characters appear in things that are not actually for kids--no matter which side they were on or what the subject.

It just strikes me as out-of-place.

(Especially since Sesame Street is a show on public TV paid for by the tax dollar of people on both sides of these kinds of issues.)

From:xander25
Date:July 26th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
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"It just strikes me as out-of-place."

This is one of the the things that annoyed me about the new Doctor Who as I watched. Every time Jack Harkness was around I wanted to cringe. The show was otherwise brilliant, so it became something of a love/hate relationship (and there were more than a few awesome eps of Torchwood also). It was just that one out of place thing....
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From:juliet_winters
Date:July 26th, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
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Miss Katy Perry, cute as a button granted, got into a -bit- of hot water for serenading the muppets in a rather seductive gown with a suggestive song. On a show for preschoolers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHROHJlU_Ng

Of course, the Henson company was fine with it. It was the audience that complained, or at least some of them. I also take issue with her song, Fireworks. Pop rock at its finest, with an uplifting message. I'm sure I would have totally loved it as a teen. It is that catchy.

But it lied heavily about the realities of teen acceptance/rejection. I'm afraid some of the gay kids who committed suicide believed her Disneyesque version of how life would be great if they only lived as they wished. No bravery required beyond the initial plunge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw

Then it will just be an amazing Glee-like experience. And, yes, it's ironic that they are coupling it with an ad for The Dark Knight, which as we have seen is representative/can trigger the flip side of alienation.
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