Latest casualty in Iraq: Elmo's Dad
This past weekend our militaristic presence in Iraq exceeded the length of our involvement in all of World War II. Of course, in the case of World War II we were actually fighting something, rather than just stomping around shooting things in the name of some vague ideal.
But the worst is yet to come, because--on December 27--Elmo's dad gets deployed.
Read all about it on the Muppet Newsflash. The special will deal with the feelings and challenges associated with losing a parent to the Armed Forces, and will air--conveniently depressing--two days after Christmas.
Somewhere around 700,000 children will be without a parent this holiday season due specifically to the war in Iraq. And so leave it to Sesame Street to deal with the issue head-on. One scene involves Elmo watching in horror the beheading of his father on live, streaming internet.
I think it's probably safe to say that the mere fact that Sesame Street is addressing this directly is enough to consider it a critique of the Bush administration. After all, Sesame Street has been on the air since 1969, and how many armed conflicts have we been in since? Plenty. But, for the most part, Sesame Street was perfectly safe.
Until now. When President Bush drafts Elmo's father.
It's almost as if Sesame Street is saying, "Look. He's even sending your favorite puppets off to die."
And I, for one, approve of the implication.
God bless you, Children's Television Workshop.