Crawl Across the Ocean

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

"C" is for Cauliflower, that's just not good enough for me...

A reader passed me a link to this disturbing news that the Cookie Monster is going to be telling Sesame Street viewers that 'A cookie is a sometime food' as part of an anti-obesity drive. Hey, it's not my fault my kids are fat - it's that darn bad influence cookie monster!

No word yet on anger management training for Oscar the Grouch as part of an anti-violence campaign, or having Snuffaluffagus become visible to everyone in order to discourage kids from lying about having imaginary friends ... oh yeah, never mind. Sigh.

Anyone looking for ongoing commentary on this issue, should probably check here.

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  • CBC ran this earlier this week with a picture(!) of good old Cookie himself.

    I reproduced it here:

    By Blogger Rich, at 3:34 PM  

  • You made some great points. I can personally say that the Cookie Monster had no part what so ever in my obesity. In fact, I'm not fond of cookies at all.

    By Anonymous Kim, at 5:47 PM  

  • rich - thanks for the link, that picture just doesn't look right! The thing is that cookies *are* a sometimes food - for normal people. But for a cookie monster??? Shouldn't they at least downgrade his name to the 'Cookie-Fan' or the Cookie-Afficionado' or something?

    Kim, yeah I've always been more of a potato chip than a cookie person (notwithstanding a childhood episode where I earned the nickname Duncan Hines after having 4 chewy chocolate chip cookies as part of my lunch for a long running stretch). Perhaps that is why I am unsympathetic to those who feel the need to muzzle the Cookie-Afficonado's siren call to sweetness.

    By Blogger Declan, at 6:23 PM  

  • Um... About the Snuffleupagus? I hate to tell you this, but he *is* visible to all, now.

    In all seriousness, the reason for that decision was to help kids tell parents or other adult authority figures when they were being abused.

    By Blogger James Bow, at 7:43 PM  

  • "he *is* visible to all, now."

    yes, my comment about, "having Snuffaluffagus become visible to everyone in order to discourage kids from lying about having imaginary friends" was meant to be a subtle mockery of the ridiculous logic which suggests that more child molesters will be caught because big bird doesn't have an imaginary friend any more, but maybe it was too subtle.

    Incidentally, if you follow the link to 'jump the shark' you can see that Snuffy going visible is the #2 nomination for Sesame Street jumping the shark (behind Elmo, of course). I'm guessing this Cookie Monster ultra-slim fast plan will make it at least to #3.

    By Blogger Declan, at 9:10 PM  

  • Instead of plotting a change-of-heart for the Cookie Monster, I wonder if they considered giving him Type-II diabetes instead.

    By Blogger Simon, at 11:31 PM  

  • How long before Bert and Ernie are staging an intervention for a stick-thin, purging-his-cauliflower "Cookie" Monster to teach kids about the dangers of eating disorders?

    CTW needs to stop messing with this stuff.

    C is for Cookie! It always has been, and always will be! Oceania is NOT at war with Eastasia! (fist raised defiantly as the Muppet Police drag me away...)

    By Blogger Babbling Brooks, at 2:22 PM  

  • Diabetes? Well I guess the Cookie Monster is getting up there in years...

    By Blogger Declan, at 10:32 PM  

  • Diabetes is hitting people at younger ages these days - even teenagers are being diagnosed with the disease*. Sedentary lifestyles, poor diet, and childhood obesity all contribute.

    Obviously the Cookie Monster is to blame!


    By Blogger Simon, at 10:54 PM  

  • this result from a 'what sesame street character's dirty secret' meme comes to mind.

    Cookie Monster's Bulimia Nervosa Yes, cookies *are* good. But too much of anything is never a good thing. Instead of bingeing and purging, try to regulate your eating habits. Maybe instead of having two dozen cookies, you could have two. Also, you should slow down your eating. Chew each bite several times before swallowing. Eating more slowly makes it easier to tell when you are full. And don't worry about body image--people love you just the way you are, googly eyes and all.

    By Blogger angela, at 6:15 AM  

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