Sesame Street

  1. I came in on the tale end of this on a news broadcast tonight. Producers have announced that they are introducing a new HIV+ muppet to Sesame Street. Anyone think they are taking things just a little too far?

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    Heather
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   adrienurse
    Apparently its just gonna be in South Africa where something like 1 in 7 kids are HIV +ve.
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Here's a link with some more info...

    Sesame Street

    Heather
  5. by   adrienurse
    Thanks. I think it's all about normalizing the situation and helping kids deal with it. I think I was pretty young afterall when I first heard about AIDS.
  6. by   Robin61970
    I don't know how I feel about that one.......I understand why, but I don't know if I'm ready to go there with my kids......
  7. by   aimeee
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    Apparently its just gonna be in South Africa where something like 1 in 7 kids are HIV +ve.
    With the epidemic levels there, I guess it is appropriate for South Africa. It will be interesting to see what they do with it.
  8. by   fergus51
    I think it's appropriate for the audience. They are trying to decrease the stigma around HIV so parents will be able to talk about it with their children. In a country where it has reached epidemic levels, I don't think there is any such thing as too young to hear about it.

    No one here will have to talk about it to their kids, so I don't see the problem.
  9. by   shygirl
    Heather, I thought you were joking as I missed the news yesterday. After reading about it, I think it's a good idea. The children (people) need something to identify with. It will be interesting to see the feedback from this introductiion.
    Shygirl
  10. by   2ndCareerRN
    What a great idea, on a continent where 1 in 9 people are infected, something needs to be done to educate the people that having HIV is not a reason to treat other humans as outcasts because of a medical condition.
    I hope it goes even further, the show needs to start destroying some of the myths that surround AIDS in sub-sahara Africa. The 2 most frightening to me are that AIDS is not contracted sexually, and if a man has sex with a virgin it will cure him!!

    And besides, hasn't Bert and Ernie been sharing the same bed for more than 30 years now, I think that goes a little past being a sleep over.


    bob
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by 2ndCareerRN
    And besides, hasn't Bert and Ernie been sharing the same bed for more than 30 years now, I think that goes a little past being a sleep over.
    :chuckle

    Heather
  12. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by 2ndCareerRN
    And besides, hasn't Bert and Ernie been sharing the same bed for more than 30 years now, I think that goes a little past being a sleep over.
    Hmmm, makes you kinda wonder about Big Bird and Mr. Snuffalupakus too...
  13. by   kids
    I like the idea...read the story on either CNN.com or NYT.com.

    I have a cool Sesame Street story...I went to school at a school that was to small to have any indoor play areas. I started Kindergarten in 1969...on really foul weather days they would bring the K and 1st grade class into one room and let us watch Sesame Street at lunch recess.

    Fast forward to 1983...on bed rest with child #2...child #1 was .

    Every morning I would getbreakfast from the cooler next to the bed (husband packed with sandwiches, drinks etc before work each day and carried it in) and she would sit on the foot of my bed and watch Sesame Street for 2 hours (the 8am show was re-run at 9am the next day)...the intro was Sesame Street...now in its 14th EXPERIMENAL year...

    I still like to watch (anybody wonder why I like working Peds?).
  14. by   RNConnieF
    I liked the idea of the HIV + character. Sesame Street was always cutting edge, remember when Mr. Hooper died, Linda who was hearing impaired, remember everyone learing sign language? Maria was the first leading woman who was Hispanic AND she was a "handy woman", she could fix anything-even men brought thigs to her to be fixed. I look forward to people learning to accept HIV + people as lovable and important.

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