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'Sesame Street' Introduces New Muppet Lily For Child Poverty Special (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 7th 2011 2:30PM
The upcoming 'Sesame Street' special 'Growing Hope Against Hunger' is introducing a new Muppet character to talk about the growing national child poverty rate. Her name is Lily, and she dropped by 'Early' (weekdays, 9AM ET on CBS) to talk about the issue.

"One of the most important things for me was not feeling like I was alone," Lily said. "The more I got involved with my community, the more I felt like I was helping other families." In the episode, Lily and Elmo will volunteer at a food pantry. "A lot of the time people don't talk about it, but once you do, you realize you just feel better, and people can find comfort in each other."

'Growing Hope Against Hunger' airs Sun., Oct. 9 at 7PM ET on PBS.

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I think this is chock full o' fail as the majority of those who will be watching that Sesame Street special will either feel it more important to keep what little food they have or would rather go to a $5000 per plate political shin dig with Obama showing up for 20 minutes & telling those in attendance that with their support, the middle class will be wiped out & they'll be able to pay their domestic help even less so they will have more $$$ to spend on Manolo Blahnik shoes & designer duds to wear at the next gala event. Also, kids who watch Sesame Street are too young to fully understand the implications made by Lily, unless they are among those who are living hand to mouth & think nothing of digging in the trash for something, anything, to eat. Sesame Street needs to tone down the sad & true facts & give kids wholesome entertainment, not rag sessions. Sesame Street aged kids cannot work in food pantries & soup kitchens so it's just going to be a big flub. For the kids who are already suffering from hunger & homelessness, I think the show will do nothing to help them feel better. I don't know who the writer feels are the folks "not talking about it" as everyone I know that fall in all different parts of the financial spectrum are all too aware of the rising costs of everything & how hard it is to care for a family & still give to philanthropic causes. Stick to milking the rich folks, those of us in the working class simply cannot do much without putting our own families in desperation. Maybe Lily can hold a $5000 a plate gala & ask all the liberal elitists who live in gated communities & have summer homes in the Hamptons for help. They love that kind of thing & would crow about their pictures & names being bandied about on Page Six.

October 07 2011 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Han Solo

I would say they already have Oscar the Grouch, but actually, Oscar is former public sanitation worker who has retired at age 42 and is collecting $116,000 a year in pension thanks to his union negotiated benefits.

Lily’s actually a middle class taxpayer who’s been thrown into poverty due to the voracious appetite of an obese government workforce. I admire PBS’s brazen self criticism!

October 07 2011 at 8:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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