In the first episode of "Sesame Street," things got a bit creeeeepy.
Momlogic's Momstrosity: "Sesame Street" was and still is my favorite show of all time. That's why I had no compunction about sharing it with my daughter, and as soon as she was able to truly appreciate it, I bought the classic "Sesame Street" DVDs, "Old School." The bizarre, counterintuitive disclaimer that appears at the top of each episode did not deter me:
Mostly I don't get it. Yes, in the footage of New York, kids are riding around on bikes without helmets. It's true the Cookie Monster devours cookies like a furry bulimic with no thought to the nutritional value of vegetables. My kid doesn't care. She enjoys Don Music, the Frog, and all the trippy psychedelic animation. I can't find much that I think isn't appropriate for children in these retro episodes. Except the opening of the very first show that aired November 10, 1969 -- that part gave me the willies.
In the clip, Gordon shows a little girl named Sally around Sesame Street. How they met is unclear. The only thing clear is that they JUST met. He proceeds to introduce the little girl to his wife, Susan. Guess Sally hadn't heard of "Stranger Danger." Later, Sally accompanies Gordon home for milk and cookies, where her host proceeds to inappropriately fondle her shoulders. Yikes, are THESE the people in your neighborhood?
I realize the 60s were more innocent times ... but was it ever a good idea for a little girl to follow a strange man home?