Sesame Street has for a long time been a beloved staple of childhood. Jim Henson Muppet characters such as Big Bird, Elmo, and the duo Bert and Ernie have gone down in television and pop culture history. But there has always been a bit of controversy surrounding those last two characters. Now former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman has spoken out about an aspect of their characterization, and as soon as he did, the internet went wild about it.
Sesame Street was created in the ’60s, but it’s stood the test of time very well indeed. Its primary goal was to create an educational show for children that would also be fun to watch. But as time went on, it evolved, and began addressing important issues as well. Death, conflict and the 9/11 tragedy were all things that the show tackled head on.
The show’s popularity and progressiveness were rewarded well. It has to date won the most Emmy and Grammy Awards of any children’s show and frequently appears on lists celebrating the greatest TV shows of all time. Not only that, it’s been the subject of exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian. Its impact on the life of American children can hardly be overstated.