Dear Sesame Street

I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know about my disapproval of a recent broadcast / recently released DVD. The broadcast I’m referring to was focusing on the family but unfortunately, I’m not sure of the exact name. In any case, the show was interesting, educational and stimulating for my eighteen-month old son (who is, by the way, totally obsessed with Elmo) and for that I thank you.

However, one brief clip ruined not only this episode but my entire opinion of and trust in the Sesame Street organization as a whole. In this clip, different types of families were being showcased: families with one parent, families with two parents, families of different races, etc. This was all fine and good until a picture of a family with two mommies and two daddies appeared on screen. This to me is completely unacceptable – not only is this type of family not yet mainstream: it is not even legally sanctioned! As far as I know, same sex parents cannot yet adopt children jointly. Additionally, neither the federal government nor the majority of our states have yet to embrace homosexual marriage. Same sex families are against my moral and religious beliefs and it is for this reason that I primarily object to this clip. However, I also object based on the facts above: this type of family is not yet mainstream or legally sanctioned in this country. We must draw the line somewhere and I insist that it be drawn based on legal precedent. If not there, where is it drawn? Should I expect next week or next year to see a picture of a mother, horse and child displayed as a type of family?

I also believe that Sesame Street, as a non-profit organization, should be less focused and engaged in current political hotbeds and more focused on its primary objectives:

"The [Sesame] Workshop is committed to the principle that all children deserve a chance to learn and grow; to be prepared for school; to better understand the world and each other; to think, dream and discover; to reach their highest potential."

Advocacy entertainment is not appropriate for young children, and on controversial issues, I prefer that the education of my children be left to my judgment and guided by my moral standards. By engaging in this very controversial social battle, Sesame Street has abused the trust and lost the respect of many parents across the nation and the world.

I take this issue quite seriously and request a response to my concern at your earliest convenience. Thank you in advance for your attention to this very important matter.

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maryanne helms said...

good for you!!!

~Melissa said...

Amen! I have never been a big fan of Seasame Street for the same reasons. I don't let my kids watch Seasame Street, but they do love Elmo so they have gotten some Elmo's World from the library. But I'd much rather they watch something else.

~Melissa said...

Okay, obviously I'm tired since I couldn't seem to spell Sesame in my comment.

Jill said...

Burt and Ernie: Gay or not gay?

I'm voting for gay.

Jill said...

P.S. While Sesame St has no legal obligation to not broadcast marriages that haven't been sanctioned by law (in all states except Massachusetts, where Maria and Ted Kennedy live), it's great that you're taking an active stand as a consumer of the media. Maybe SS will get the message if enough people write.

Also, if you think that marriage limited TWO PEOPLE will be around for a while, think again. Here is an article about the impending "Plural Marriage" phenomenon. I assign it in some of my classes:


Marlo said...

Yeah...I think I may have seen this one. But I wasn't paying as close attention as you.

I've missed reading your site! Great vacay pictures!