Today I bring you two videos. One is silly, silly as the candidate that it mocks. The other is serious.
First the silly one. Christine O’Donnell never sounded better.
Now the serious one. Sesame Street has a grand tradition of taking on subject matter that is tough for kids and maybe even tough for adults to discuss with kids. I remember years ago when actor Will Lee died, the producers of Sesame Street killed off his character Mr. Hooper. It was left to everyone in the neighborhood to explain this death to Big Bird and in the process introduce the concept to pre-schoolers who were watching.
One of the things that many little black girls do once they meet little white girls is wonder why their hair isn’t straight like that of their friends. Some get the idea very early that they have the “wrong” hair. In fact, comedian Chris Rock devoted an entire documentary, Good Hair, to what grown women go through to deal with their hair. My own daughter had her hair mocked by a classmate and was then told it was bad to be black. So I got a major kick when the Sesame Workshop decided to tackle this subject with a black girl Muppet who sings about how happy she is with her hair.
I’m pleased to say that my daughter has survived the mocking and takes great interest in her own hair-do’s, fully accepting that it is not straight (or “flat” as my kid would say). Still it’s nice to see videos like this help kids with their self-esteem.
You know it’s silly season when more social commentary can be gleaned from a Muppet video than the current crop of political ads (and the spoofs they inspire).