babble home
rabble.ca - news for the rest of us
today's active topics


Post New Topic  Post A Reply
FAQ | Forum Home
  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» babble   » right brain babble   » culture   » New Sesame Street Character HIV +

Email this thread to someone!    
Author Topic: New Sesame Street Character HIV +
dee
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 983

posted 12 July 2002 10:23 AM      Profile for dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
"This character will be fully a part of the community," Schneider said. "She will have high self-esteem. Women are often stigmatized about HIV and we are providing a good role model as to how to deal with one's situation and how to interact with the community."

The program is aimed at children from 3 to 7 and the messages delivered by the new character will be "appropriate," said Schneider, meaning that there will be no explicit mention of sex.

"Not every show will deal explicitly with HIV/AIDS," Schneider said. "We want to show that here is an HIV-positive member of our community who you can touch and interact with.

"We will be very careful to fashion our messages so they are appropriate to the age group. What do I do when I cut my finger? What do I do when you cut your finger? That sort of thing."


Click


From: pleasant, unemotional conversation aids digestion | Registered: Jul 2001  |  IP: Logged
shabbado
unregistered

posted 12 July 2002 10:49 AM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hear, Hear!!
IP: Logged
audra trower williams
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 2

posted 12 July 2002 11:03 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sad that it's only on "Takalani Sesame", the South African version of Sesame Street.

(aside: there's a South African version of Sesame Street?)


From: And I'm a look you in the eye for every bar of the chorus | Registered: Apr 2001  |  IP: Logged
dee
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 983

posted 12 July 2002 11:28 AM      Profile for dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I never knew about that version (or any other version) of Sesame Street either, Audra. But the article did say that they also want to introduce the character into the US version eventually. I would assume that the Canadian version would follow suit with the American one.

This has the potential to be a great educational tool for kids in South Africa, though. I'm glad they are introducing the character there first.


From: pleasant, unemotional conversation aids digestion | Registered: Jul 2001  |  IP: Logged
DrConway
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 490

posted 12 July 2002 01:28 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When I first heard about this I thought "no way!" I actually wondered what had prompted Sesame Street to commit suicide in the Anglo-American audience, but when I read the article I realized it was aimed at an African audience. Smart move, those folks.
From: You shall not side with the great against the powerless. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
shabbado
unregistered

posted 13 July 2002 12:20 AM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually, CTW (the Children's Television Workshop) have done wonderful things throughout the world. Please watch the CBC broadcast and you will find Canadian references sprinkled among the tremendously educational messages. I believe the first non-American version was aimed at the Spanish speaking viewers.
Now the message of love and tolerance (as well as some very humorous adult pop culture references) is spread world-wide.
The message of loving thy neighbour, irregardless of their affliction or disease or malformity, is one that is ably spread by the CTW. Bravo for their courage. Odd, it's an AMERICAN company that takes up the vanguard. I'd have much preferred a non-AMERICAN corporation to have taken the lead, though.

IP: Logged
meades
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 625

posted 13 July 2002 04:57 PM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Sad that it's only on "Takalani Sesame", the South African version of Sesame Street.

(aside: there's a South African version of Sesame Street?)


Ditto on both counts!

Hell, I didn't even know there was a Canadian version of Sesame Street (it's called Sesame Park) until a couple years ago!


From: Sault Ste. Marie | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
animal
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 1890

posted 14 July 2002 11:08 PM      Profile for animal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sesame Street just keeps getting better and better! I wish they aired it during prime time . . . I don't get a chance to watch it nowadays . Sometimes being grown up is no fun!
From: the boreal forest | Registered: Nov 2001  |  IP: Logged
DrConway
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 490

posted 15 July 2002 02:15 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As I predicted, the right-wing Republicans would go nuts.
From: You shall not side with the great against the powerless. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
shelby9
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 2193

posted 15 July 2002 04:40 AM      Profile for shelby9     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did they ever make Bert and Ernie a gay couple - or was that just some myth being circulated in North America?

What concerns me is, if they had to go so far as to make an HIV character for Sesame Street to get the message out to children and parents, and it's funded by the Children's Television Workshop (which as far as I knew was non-profit) then where does the millions of dollars countries at the G-8 pledged to give for AIDS relief go, and how come those dollars aren't being spent on the production of this show?

Hey, if makin an HIV positive Muppet helps stop the epidemic over there - then I say let's go to it!


From: Edmonton, AB | Registered: Feb 2002  |  IP: Logged
'lance
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 1064

posted 15 July 2002 01:05 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Did they ever make Bert and Ernie a gay couple - or was that just some myth being circulated in North America?

No, and yes. The Snopes site is acting weirdly today (as is babble -- is anyone else having trouble with the Instant Formatting tags?), but you can simply go to www.snopes2.com and search on "Ernie and Bert" for a definitive debunking.

[ July 15, 2002: Message edited by: 'lance ]


From: that enchanted place on the top of the Forest | Registered: Jul 2001  |  IP: Logged
sheep
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 2119

posted 15 July 2002 01:20 PM      Profile for sheep     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Odd, it's an AMERICAN company that takes up the vanguard. I'd have much preferred a non-AMERICAN corporation to have taken the lead, though.

What's so odd about that? And why would you prefer that a non-American company take the lead here?


From: Vancouver | Registered: Jan 2002  |  IP: Logged
sheep
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 2119

posted 15 July 2002 01:23 PM      Profile for sheep     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety reports a day after show executives announced they would develop the as-yet-unnamed character for audiences in AIDS ravaged South Africa, five members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce said the muppet would be unwelcome on American TV.

I pray that we never see the day when we look to the House Committe on Energy and Commerce for any sort of moral or ethical guidance. I think they have their own mess to deal with, and needn't concern themselves with HIV positive puppet characters.


From: Vancouver | Registered: Jan 2002  |  IP: Logged
'lance
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 1064

posted 15 July 2002 01:48 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I pray that we never see the day when we look to the House Committe on Energy and Commerce for any sort of moral or ethical guidance. I think they have their own mess to deal with, and needn't concern themselves with HIV positive puppet characters.

Absolutely -- especially considering that it's the Department of Energy which is (or at least was) responsible for building nuclear weapons. I don't know if the House Committee has anything to do with the Department, but still... what you said.

It's rather funny, really, a little like ol' Dan Quayle trying to make "Murphy Brown" an election issue.


From: that enchanted place on the top of the Forest | Registered: Jul 2001  |  IP: Logged
Michelle
Moderator
Babbler # 560

posted 15 July 2002 09:55 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That was so funny - and she demolished him week after week after that. It was a beautiful sight to behold.
From: I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
shabbado
unregistered

posted 16 July 2002 12:31 AM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
And three years later Candice Bergen's husband and her sitcom dies...yet Quayle is allowed to live...the irony!
IP: Logged
'lance
rabble-rouser
Babbler # 1064

posted 16 July 2002 11:17 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
That was so funny - and she demolished him week after week after that. It was a beautiful sight to behold.

It's a pity the Muppet Show isn't still around. They might make some sly digs at the members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

They indulged in a little satire from time to time, leastways. Ever see Sam the Eagle on the subject of endangered species? He's playing the role of the conservative talking-head pundit, totally scornful of the whole idea of species protection, rattling off a list of "so-called" endangered species in a sarcastic tone... until he gets to the American Bald Eagle. He looks stunned, his face falls, and he breaks off his editorial comment in stuttering terror.


From: that enchanted place on the top of the Forest | Registered: Jul 2001  |  IP: Logged

All times are Pacific Time  

Post New Topic  Post A Reply Close Topic    Move Topic    Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
Hop To:

Contact Us | rabble.ca | Policy Statement

Copyright 2001-2008 rabble.ca