There will be very few of us who don’t remember the Sesame Street theme song and all the friendly characters who taught us not-so subliminally the life lessons we live by today.
It seems though, that with the changing times, the messages are also changing. A few years back a vicious rumor started spreading that the producers of Sesame Street were renaming the Cookie Monster “Veggie Monster” in order to send healthier messages about nutrition to kids.
Back in 2005, Sesame Street made a conscious decision to start including more programming dedicated to better health and nutrition. So while they didn’t rename Cookie Monster “Veggie Monster,” they did have him develop a liking for fruits and veggies. A Cookie is a Sometime Food was added to his repertoire of songs.
Sesame Street had a really funny segment with the Cookie Monster and American TV journalist Matt Lauer (he of the famed Tom Cruise interview). You can check it out by clicking on the link below. And don’t forget Sesame Street screens everyday in New Zealand on FOUR at 10am and 2pm. We love it!