Sesame Street’s Hungry Muppet Lily is a Sad sign of the times

“A hungry muppet is joining the cast of Sesame Street for an upcoming special on hunger in America. Lily, a 7-year-old girl muppet, comes from a family that struggles to have enough food. In the one-hour special, “Growing Hope Against Hunger,” Lily talks to other characters about growing up in a home where there was not always enough food, and then helps Elmo and friends plan a food drive for the food bank that helped feed her family. She also visits a community garden with new pals Elmo and Rosita to see how food can be grown locally.”* Sesame Street should be commended for exploring this difficult subject, but it is heartbreaking that this is no longer an isolated scenerio. With unemployment in double digits in some communities this has become a reality for so many children. It is sad that this character ever had to be created it is just another sad sign of the times.
*ABC News

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  • Jewels by Regina  On October 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Awareness is a MUST for small children too! We do not live any more in a phantasy world bubble and Yes it is a terrible reality that I believe 1 out of 6 children here in USA do not have enough to eat every day.

  • Richard Goodwin  On October 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    For better or for worse, this is probably how this topic will com to public awareness, will highlight the pain that the mortgage and financial crisis is inflicting on families, and hopefully will make it comfortable for such children to talk to their teachers, counselors and schoolmates about this without stigma.

  • Bill  On October 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    The issue of hunger is very grave and serious. However, I’m a bit nonplussed as to what the purpose of this special is. If in fact the target audience of the show remains somewhere between toddlers, pre schoolers or kids a bit older then I personally question the wisdom of presenting children that age range with the disquiet of the uncertainty.

    Are those kids going somehow benefit or be made to feel more secure in their lives as a result of seeing this. Call me old fashion but I think kids deserve to be protected as much as possible from the harshest struggles in life. If any of those viewers are personally challenged with this issue, of course they know it without being told by a TV program. Even for those kids, I question if they will somehow feel a bit more assured by viewing this special. I’m not certain that I find this endeavor quite so laudable.

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