If you haven’t heard, CNN recently partnered with beloved children’s show Sesame Street for a joint town hall on racism, to further discuss and educate people about what America is going through right now. The purpose was to give both kids and parents an opportunity to explore and understand how systemic racism affects people.
However, some found this move unfitting. Fox News anchor, Tucker Carlson, who’s known for his blatant racism called out Elmo and his father Louie for their conversation regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Are they sad?” Elmo asked during the townhall. “They are sad and upset. And they have every right to be, Elmo” Louie replied. The puppet father continued to say, “Across the country, people of colour – especially in the black community – are being treated unfairly because of how they look.” At one point, Louie stopped and held a sign that said, “Love Justice Peace”.
The puppet’s message did not sit well for Carlson.
“Got that Bobby? America is a very bad place and it’s your fault. So no matter what happens, no matter what they do to you when you grow up, you have no right to complain. That’s the message and it starts very young,” said Carlson, who last year said that white supremacy is a hoax.
Sesame Street has always championed the idea of unity and diversity, love and mutual respect. That’s why they’re still here, preaching the same message of love to today’s young audience. Fox News in America, on the other hand, has been associated with the far right and protecting white privilege amongst other things.
As The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah once noted, it’s not about assigning blame. Talking about it helps to understand how we got here in the first place, and what we can do help move forward.
Elmo is now the host of The Not-Too-Late Show on HBO Max. Good to see that he’s moving up in the world!
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