A seemingly innocent song from Sesame Street was banned from the show in 1984. Do you think its removal was justified?
Here's something that'll make you feel old: Sesame Street started its 39th season yesterday. Jack Black --father to Sammy, 2 and Tommy, 2 months--hosted. But the beloved show, which has been delighting kids and adults for almost 40 years hasn't been without its controversy.
Long before there were complaints regarding homosexual undertones of lifelong roommates Ernie and Bert or whether Cookie Monster is a good nutritional role model, a seemingly innocent song was pulled from the show. Prairie Dawn's "I Want a Monster to Be My Friend," received a complaint from Marty Deming, a mother of two, according a 1984 New York Times article. She objected to four lines because she feared they would encourage child molestation:
If I make friends with a friendly monster,
I'll let him bounce me on his knee.
I'll let him do whatever he wants to,
Especially if he's bigger than me.
The concerned mom was told by reps of the Children's Television Workshop they'd remove the song from the show even though the producers felt the song "has nothing to do with encouraging children to let real adult persons make improper advances on them."
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