Thought I’d share this little number with you:
Looks like Sesame Street is introducing a homeless muppet. We can argue if this is appropriate or not, and I don’t want to judge based just on the short clip. I would say that Sesame Street can do whatever it wants, being a TV show…well except its a PUBLIC TELEVISION show which takes tax payer dollars for its air time. Again, I won’t judge, but I think that we’re all paying for it, it should be held to a higher standard than say, the bullshit that was Captain Planet. Also I don’t see why Sesame Street should take a dime of public money when you look at all the merchandise they sell. I had Sesame Street merch when I was a kid, and rarely do I see a child’s toy box without toys, products, and books all under the Sesame Street brand. Frankly if they want to run their show ad free they could buy their air time outright, and if I was a network, I’d do everything I could to make sure they got a good deal on it because, while I sound like an old fart complaining about how Sesame was back in my time, I still believe in the product.
Ok but that rant wasn’t my point, my point is this partisan hack is using a PUPPET to push his agenda. Its a work of fiction, and its stylized and idealized for the sake of television and not confusing the issue. I can understand this for the sake of basic education, but when you take it further into political policy the argument starts looking like a Spherical Racehorse.
We’ve all known people who were homeless. Heck we probably know more “homeless people” than we think we know. Lots of people who by definition were people “between homes”. They didn’t have a bed to sleep in, but they crashed in their car, pitched a tent, or found a number of couches to surf. The more stereotypical people take some desperate measures to get back on their feet, get some money, and rent a room and get themselves out of the demographic.
Then there’s the smaller number, the people we see every day, year-after-year if you live in an urban setting. They are often mentally ill, addicted to drugs, or both. They may not want or LIKE being homeless (tho there are many who actually prefer it) but they like whatever lifestyle they have better than one that would be conducive to having a roof over their heads.
As for Hunger, I’m not sure of the actual numbers. I know the political groups will want to define the numbers in ways that make the funds flow the best. I will say that I would be amazed that a public assistance system that is so rife with abuse can feed all these mouths that could otherwise feed themselves, but not feed those who are truly hungry.
In the end, take a beef with a policy, take a beef with an actual event, that’s fine, and we can debate it, but don’t go taking a work of fiction and pointing at it as if its real. You won’t see me claiming we need to expand our gun rights because werewolves and vampires are real, and we need guns to kill them, you’re doing the same thing, and its shameful.