By MARY WARD
Cookie Monster has been a much-loved character of children’s television for over fifty years.
He appeared in Sesame Street’s first episode, back in 1969, where his love of cookies – frequently oatmeal, but occasionally choc-chip – became an integral part of the show.
Then – around the mid-2000s – Cookie Monster started to change.
His catchphrase shifted from: “Cookies! Om nom nom nom nom.” To: “Cookies are a sometimes food.”
But now, Sesame Street have taken the whole ‘muppets as responsible role models’ thing a little too far and done this:
I have three responses:
1) Cookie Monster already has a song.
It’s called ‘C is for Cookie.’ And it’s good enough for me.
‘C is for Cookie’ is a great song. It teaches kids the third letter of the alphabet. And what letter to look out for when purchasing cookies at the supermarket.
Both of which are important and appropriate learning goals for a preschoolers’ television program to promote.
2) A cover of Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’ is a bit of a low brow choice for Sesame Street.