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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:bojojoti
Date:July 26th, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
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When Stevie Nicks had a new song come out a few years ago, she was interviewed, and the reporter wanted to know if the song was political against George Bush (which was a stretch of the imagination, for certain, and what an idiotic question to ask). I was pleased to hear Ms. Nicks shut the reporter down with a comment that said she was a musician, and she sang songs. She refused to get political, and I found that refreshing.

I certainly don't need or want children's characters, especially ones funded with public monies, going after a privately held company in order to drive them out of business. I'm so tired of the vindictive nature of politics.
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 26th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Also depends on how it is done...a picture of Kermet and Miss Piggy with the caption 'supporting diversity in marriage since 1984' is cute.

A picture of Bert and Ernie with the caption 'Come on, Chick-Fil-A, didn't you know we were a couple?' Not so much.

Especially since it's not true. I realize that there is a crude musical that makes them a couple, but come on! Two generations of Americans have been visiting Bert and Ernie's house for over two generations. They live in different rooms.

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From:bojojoti
Date:July 26th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
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The Kermit and Miss Piggy sounds cute, but my problem is that they are politicizing children's icons. Can you imagine the outrage if other beloved icons were used in such a manner for an unpopular stance?
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 26th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Exactly. Do we want to see Mickey Mouse pro or con abortion? Dora sounding off on guns?

I kind of feel children's characters should stick with children's subjects.

I feel doubly so when the characters appear on public TV paid for by everyone's tax money.
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