This is not an entirely official holiday but seeing as how it was created by the Cookie Monster it seems a bit more valid than many others under the banner of official. Cookie Monster dubbed December 4th National Cookie Day back in the 1980 edition of the Sesame Street Dictionary. It’s official enough for me. So be it Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Snicker Doodles, Sugar or whatever particular disc of delicious is your preferred cookie of choice…get some or make some and celebrate in accordance with the wishes of Mr. Monster. This guy knows cookies.
This is sad on a number of levels. While I don’t feel it is too necessary to get into the details here I did want to do a short write up on this since he has been active for so long as a puppeteer and performer.
Kevin Clash resigned today from Sesame Street after he and the Sesame Street Workshop determined the allegations being made were too much of a distraction from the show and his work there. It’s a little bit P.C. but is their way of somewhat subtley dealing with the events leading up to this along with cutting ties. A previous bit of slander had been cast at Mr. Clash last month before ultimately being recanted. Then last week another person came forward making similar claims.
Now it may be possible it is true but it is my belief thus far that it is not and this is a situation of the power and spread of information in this age, coupled with the label being applied by the speculation being made. It raises too many questions and has too many negatives, so both Clash and Sesame Street decided to part ways.
Clash has been puppeteering since the early 80’s and while best known as providing the voice and movements for Elmo he also played Baby Sinclair on the live action Dinosaurs television show.
Hopefully these allegations are dealt with and as much truth as can be found out is. If he did these things he of course should feel the repercussions legally and in the public eye. If he did not then we hope that he can shake the weight of such defaming words and continue to find success in the business he loves to be a part of.
Get the documentary on Kevin Clash and Elmo and his Autobiography at the links below.
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Today be as cranky and grumpy as you want.
According to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day — a day for all Grouches to celebrate their way of life.
A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. Only then will a Grouch feel in touch with his or her world and be happy. Yet, even though a Grouch may show happiness at anyone’s misfortune (including his or her own), a Grouch would never admit to being happy. Such is the stability of a Grouch’s life: so balanced, and yet so unbalanced.
Here’s Johnny Cash on Sesame Street singing Nasty Dan to Oscar the Grouch.
Sesame Street has recently been doing spoofs of current TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men and Tru Blood. The most recent being a parody of Boardwalk Empire entitled Birdwalk Empire. While these are not shows children will probably be watching the play on them is fun and a nice little something for parents who may be watching with their kids. Check out Birdwalk Empire and the other spoofs in the videos below.