Tempers between Whoopi and Sherri flared during today’s Hot Topics segment on The View TV show. However, the subject wasn’t politics, religion or world peace. The heated topic of conflict was Sesame Street. More specifically Cookie Monster. You may have noticed that the Cookie Monster puppet (or muppet) has gone from downing twenty cookies in two seconds flat to devouring carrots, celery and apples. In other words, he’s gone healthy. Whoopi had this to say about the new ‘healthier’ Cookie Monster:
“It is not Cookie Monster’s fault!”
“It’s a puppet!”
“Sesame Street…is geared towards looking after your child’s health, well-being.”
“I think it’s stupid!”
Sherri Shepherd had a different view on the matter. She is in favor of the healthier food replacements for cookies. She said this about the traditional Cookie Monster: “(Cookie Monster) is not healthy!”
What do you think? Take a poll and read my view…
‘Healthy’ Cookie Monster: My View.
Part One. Some of you may be shocked to read this, but I’m with Whoopi. Cookie Monster is a puppet. Well actually a muppet. Not a teacher, parent, relative or neighbor. If you ban Cookie Monster from his cookie eating ways you will need to ban Oscar the Grouch from being grouchy and living in a garbage can. You will have to ban Grover from running all over the place hysterically. Maybe he’ll need some ADD meds. And you’ve got to ban Bert from playing with his pet pigeon Bernice (not the best pet choice) and from getting mad at Ernie so easily. Anger management issues. You might have to take the sharp fangs off of The Count and make Big Bird the size of a real bird. And stop his world travels to China. Bird flu, ya know? Where does it end? Where does the smothering of creativity end? I grew up watching Cookie Monster, and while I’ll admit to having a few memories of stuffing a crumbly cookie in my face being a silly ‘monster’, it in no way affected my actual cookie-eating habits.
Part Two. I think it can be just as damaging to teach children that cookies are ‘bad’ ‘unhealthy’ foods. You must teach them moderation. Yes, Cookie Monster is a perfect example of lack of moderation! Use him as a teaching tool. Kids will not be living a life free of cookie eating-so you’d better prepare them, not scare them.
Part Three. I am all in favor of Sesame Street teaching kids about healthy eating habits. Eating fruits and veggies is good for you! That should be the message. But you must also teach kids to understand the difference between reality and fantasy. Cookie Monster is a puppet. He’s blue. He has googly eyes. He is a monster. And he likes cookies. Kids, don’t paint yourself blue, stick googly eyes on your face and try not to raid the cookie jar.
So what do you think???
Take the poll:
Watch the Showdown on The View. Not posted yet, but the Cookie Monster argument should be available on the website later this week. The View.
There is even a facebook group in favor of a cookie eating Cookie Monster… Check it out
Learn more about the Sesame Street muppets here!
I agree too! I grew up with Cookie Monster, and I never thought it was okay to go nuts over cookies. It was cute, it was adorable, and them doing this to him makes me sad 🙁
I also agree with Melody about maybe making a Veggie Monster or something…leave Cookie Monster alone XD
He is Cookie Monster and he is suppose to act like a Monster eating cookies. Leave him as he is. All they have to do is create another character maybe a Veggie Monster.
You said it best!! If people are depending on a puppet to properly influence their children, then they have BIGGER issues to deal with, haha 😉
Here, here!! Well said!
C and J:
Yes!!! The "C" is for Cookie is the best. I could sing it all day long just to get a goofy grin on my face.
Christina and Jacob says
I so agree. Cookie Monster is supposed to eat cookies. It's in his name. Besides, I highly doubt that kids are learning poor eating habits from a tv show, more likely, it from their parents. Why don't we ban them from eating cookies?
Also, I just love his "C is for Cookie" song. You can't beat that.
This is too funny!
I love how you compared the situation to Oscar the Grouch and said that next we'd be banning him so kids wouldn't be grouchy/wanna live in garbage cans. LOL!
I definitely agree with you – let 'em eat cookies! It's no big deal.
I completely agree! I've felt this way from day one (when they had Cookie Monster go healthy) and I'm so glad more educated, health-conscious individuals feel the same! I honestly figured I'd be alone in it.