Snarky, opinionated post ahead. I generally avoid them. Sorry.
Recently, I have come across a few different blog posts in which parents express their disdain for “commercial” toys and clothes and such, and the example of said blasphemy was something from Sesame Street.
Like, “we never wanted little Johnny to have any commercial toys at all. But we caved and got him an Elmo.”
And I just don’t get this. At all. Yeah, it’s a show. And yeah, they’re making money off the merch. But, it’s Sesame Street. The show has been around for 35 years for a reason. It’s educational. It’s good for kids. It’s what all children’s programming should aspire to be.
In my opinion, it’s nowhere near the level of “commercial” of other stuff. Like Pokemon, or Power Rangers, or anything on Nick Jr., or anything made by Pixar. Now, that’s commercial.
I’ve barely been able to step outside of my front door this summer without seeing an image of Lightning McQueen on something. But, the Sesame Street toys are in a tiny little bastard corner of Target.
It’s ok to have rules like “no commercial stuff.” We have them too. But, don’t let your parenting rules be hard and fast, unbendable rules. Because, then a whole generation of kids could miss out on such a great show, an American cultural icon.
I think my insane respect and love for this show comes not only from having such fond memories of watching it as a child myself, but also from watching this documentary. A lot more thought goes into their programming than you would ever guess in a million years. Watch the film, it’s great.