Saturday, March 31, 2012

'It's a Blue Elmo'

Believe it or not, "Sesame Street" has now been on the air for almost 43 years. It was already going strong when I was growing up in the 1970s and '80s.

At the time, Cookie Monster was a freakin' rock star. You'd be hard-pressed to pick a more popular character. Hello, he invented the phrase, "Om nom nom nom."

Back then, the Elmo character didn't exist (at least not in his current iteration, which began in 1985).

Flash forward to 2012. Elmo has so sucked the air out of the "Sesame Street" universe that when we brought home this Cookie Monster bath toy for Alice, Elliot casually said, "Oh, it's a blue Elmo."

NO, IT IS NOT.

UPDATE: I've just discovered there's a portion of Elmo's Wikipedia page devoted to the marginalization of other "Sesame Street" characters. Apparently it's a widespread complaint.