As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Sesame Workshop is launching a video campaign about respect. Sounds reasonable enough.
Except...the videos include Elmo, a character designed to connect with children, and villains like Cersei Lannister, a character I hope no child ever becomes aware of.
Another video takes place in Westworld, another show that is decidedly not age-appropriate for children.
And these videos were not cheap to make! The actors, the production, the music...it's all extremely authentic! We've got them right here and I can't stop watching:
Sesame Street: Respect is Coming
This video legit looks like it was shot the day Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage shot their Game of Thrones Season 7 scene together. That would not be an inexpensive production, people!
Props to the actors, by the way, who absolutely stay true to character in this silly (by design, I think?) scene.
Sesame Street: Respect World
Here's my question: if Sesame Street is meant to educate children, why does Cookie Monster use incorrect nominative pronouns? I am very confused about who the audience is for these videos! Are these videos for children or adults?
And can someone please bring me a cookie???
Sesame Street: Give it, live it, RESPECT feat. Common
In this music video, award-winning hip-hop artist Common, backed up by...muppets...sings an upbeat anthem about respect. Do children know who Common is?
According to the press release, the "Respect Brings Us Together" campaign will roll out throughout the year.
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