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Public Enemy: Elmo

August 7, 2008

Yesterday, for the first time in my many long days with my Girlie, I gave into temptation and pointed the TV toward Sesame Street at 9:30am. Which, I have to admit, suddenly gifted me with much uninterrupted time to get some stuff done, that is unavoidably true. Yet when I did wander into the Living Room in curiosity when ‘Elmo’s World’ was coming on, I had to stop and wonder at the subversive message this fuzzy red monster is propogating. I mean, right from the start he seems a little off-kilter– he has conversations with a goldfish, and with pre-verbal infants? Back in school, we called that ‘hearing voices’, and reached for the DSM-IV. And what’s with that maniacal laugh? But what’s worse is the absolute anarchy that Elmo champions. To wit, before his show even started in earnest, Elmo was seen to be brazenly marking a piece of furniture with crayons, then tagging his name on a window-shade! I’ve long wondered why my pure child is so inclined to use her crayons on the wood floors and furniture, but I never imagined that her nefarious mentor was an otherwise adorable puppet! And yet, this puppet has made a puppet out of my child, goading her to graver and graver acts of rebellion against polite society. Elmo must be stopped.

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4 Responses to “Public Enemy: Elmo”

  1. Paige says:

    Nat will join you in your Elmo disdain. What is it about the red puppet that mesmerizes toddlers? Stop by when you can to meet our little one. We’d love to see you guys.


  2. Matt M says:

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet…

  3. maria says:

    And wait until you see the acts of vandalism and gluttony perpetrated by the Cookie Monster…

    Seriously, an hour spent watching SS with Miranda (really watching, fighting my desire to clean the kitchen or do something useful) can be one of the funnest parts of our day. We especially like Grover’s expeditions around the world. It’s too fun! And for a great laugh, go to YouTube and search for REM singing with the monsters. Truly fabulous!

  4. We need to launch a pre-emptive strike.

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