Timeless children’s favorite ‘Sesame Street’ – home to Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Elmo – is to start teaching young children about how to cope when their mom or dad is incarcerated.
The long-running PBS children’s education show launched the ‘Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration’ educational program earlier this week.
Organizers say the campaign is aimed at helping kids aged three to eight in the U.S., which has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Nope. Sorry. This is a bunch of crap. I am not saying that a child should have to suffer for the decisions made by their parent….but come the fuck on. Sesame Street is going to explain that sometimes people go to prison and it is “okay”. Guess what?? It is NOT OKAY. Sesame Street should not be sugar coating the fact that Mommy or Daddy had to go away for 5-10 for selling meth to an undercover officer at a strip club. Sesame Street is providing a way to explain to children what is happening when someone they love is incarcerated….but there shouldn’t be any other way to explain it than this: Mommy or Daddy have done bad, bad things and now they have to go to prison so they don’t hurt themselves or anyone else in our society. Simple.
What is the “incarceration” episode going to sound like?!?! Today’s episode is brought to you by the numbers “20 to life”…. and the letter Cell Block “D”? Are they going to explain shower rape to the kids?? I am sure Bert and Ernie wouldn’t mind getting in on that segment. Are they going to explain that some people go to prison for doing bad things to kids….ahem…..Elmo? My question is…..are we, the taxpayers paying for this?? Are we footing the bill for people in jail to get three square meals a day….AND THEN getting stuck with the bill for Big Bird to explain it to the inmates kids??? I feel like Mitt Romney saw this coming. I wasn’t a Romney supporter….but everyone kept saying,”why Sesame Street?? There is nothing wrong with Sesame Street??”……..oops….there it is. He is freakin psychic.
The thing that bothers me the most about this is that they are going to make it seem like it happens to everyone. That is how you make children feel better about bad things. You tell them, “it’s okay….these things happens….it isn’t a big deal….everyone has to go through it.” There isn’t another way to explain things to a kid between the ages of 3 and 8. So here comes Big Bird and Snuffaluffagus going over numbers, colors, the alphabet, and that prison happens. So we are going to teach kids the basic skills of life….and then incorporate that it is okay for people to go to prison?? Let that sink in. Isn’t that the polar opposite of what they should be learning?? “A-B-C-D….Mommy now has to wear orange and it is okay with me….”?? Why can’t we get Oscar the Grouch in on this??? You know he will tell it like it is…..”Mommy is kinda a piece of shit and needs to get her act together while she is locked up for 2-3 years…..oh yea…..and DON’T BREAK THE FUCKING LAW GODDAMMIT!!!!”
P.S.-Big Bird may be ten and a half feet tall…..but he would be the biggest bitch in prison. His butt would be like the big security fence outside the yard. It would be going all around the prison…..and every inmate would be inside it.