Another reason to defund PBS!

Mad men, sad men and … happy men?

Is it too difficult for Sesame Street to teach the concept of gladness? While watching this video, everything in me was screaming, “glad! GLAD! You’re GLAD MEN!”

They missed an opportunity to make education dynamic: “This makes me happy! This makes me GLAD!”

“Happy, happy, happy, we’re GLAD men!”

“We’ve been mad, sad, and glad!

Add “glad” and you’ve given the children the concept of a synonym, plus a fun rhyme, and you’ve added a little wordplay for the adults.

Instead, this is dumbed-down, and maddeningly less than it could be – didn’t anyone stop to think that hats are not meant to be worn indoors, which would have been another helpful lesson?

A little more bang for the buck, please? Or be privately-funded and as unhelpful as you wanna be.

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  • Nancy S. Brandt

    When my daughter (now 21) was little I loved watching Sesame Street with her. The skits were intelligent enough that Moms and Dads could get the jokes and still funny enough for the kids. Then we adopted a little boy when she was 12 and I couldn’t stand Sesame Street when he wanted to watch it. No intelligent skits, just mostly Elmo being … I don’t know … scary and dumb. No cute satire (I LOVED H. Ross Parrot – “This is your alphabet. I’m just a parrot named Ross.”), no ongoing little stories. All super PC nonsense. I’ve always thought that with the advent of a zillion cable channels and satellite, all the stuff that PBS USED to be good for was being offered, better, somewhere else.

  • John C. Hathaway Ocds

    I’m grateful for Sprout.

  • Foxfier

    dumbed-down, and maddeningly less than it could be

    Sesame Street in a nutshell these days.

    Netflix has the 20th anniversary episode– it’s amazing how far down hill the show has gone since I was a kid.

    Oh, and here’s my outrageous question: why isn’t all original programming on PBS being licensed for online distribution as of yesterday? I’d be totally willing to drop twenty bucks a month to have full access to their archives, even with a gig per month cap.

    Screw private funding, make it privately managed and do some decent salesmanship.

  • Sally Thomas

    PBS children’s programming these days falls into two categories: “Reading Is Great, Because This TV Show Says So,” and “You’re Different? So Am I!”

  • Anonymous

    At least it wasn’t GLAAD men.

  • Jenny Townsend

    Children’s television is awful. My kids are only allowed to watch a very limited diet. They are allowed to watch Olivia, The Backyardigans, Little Einsteins, Curious George, and Thomas the Train. That’s not to say they don’t ever watch an episode of other shows every now and again, but most of it is dumbed down garbage. My girls have never liked Elmo. They think he is weird and Sesame Street has turned into all Elmo all the time.

  • Will

    “A billion dollars here, a billion dollars there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” – Senator Everett Dirksen

    This PBS subsidy might be significant, but there needs to be much bigger cuts. Few are willing to look at significant cuts to the defense budget.

  • Foxfier

    Defense is small potatoes, unless you’re crazy enough to think people only attack because one is armed; look at entitlements. Washington State recently threatened to save the federal gov’t a big chunk of cash by removing the program that college kids use to get free birth control. (State pays $1 for every $9 from the Feds for medicare/medicaid, and they were considering cutting it to save that dollar.)

  • SKay

    I stopped donating to PBS a long time ago.

  • Tnbella7

    Don’t forget that Sesame Street has made millions off of branding and I have to think the other shows have as well. It isn’t just dolls, it’s birthday cards, paper, books, toys, etc. They have made a lot of money.