Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Gentrification of the Street...

"You'd be pissed off too if you just learned that
all of your human friends have been fired." 

It has been a number of decades since I have watched an episode of Sesame Street although when it was announced last year that it was going to move from PBS to HBO under the terms of a five-year production agreement, I was more than a little bit intrigued.  The prospect of Oscar the Grouch swapping garbage-hauling stories with Paulie Walnuts while Bobby Bacala explained the finer points of the money-lending business to the Count?  Are you kidding me?  That would have been must-see television.  And that is without even taking into consideration just how many tickle-fests Elmo might have gotten involved in at the Bada Bing.  

Alas, none of those collaborations has yet come to pass and - considering that Sesame Workshop has made it clear that I am forbidden from sending any more programming suggestions to it - or to HBO - they likely never shall.  Apparently, however, there are changes afoot on the Street.  Earlier this week, Sesame Workshop confirmed that three long-standing residents of its neighborhood have been evicted.  Bob McGrath ("Bob"), Emilio Delgado ("Luis"), and Roscoe Orman ("Gordon") have been fired.  McGrath has called Sesame Street home since the show's premiere in 1969.  Now, at age eighty-four, after forty-five years on the block, he has been informed that his services are no longer needed.  

For forty-five years, McGrath has asked the musical question, "Who are the people in your neighborhood?"  

These days on Sesame Street, for the first time ever, the answer to that question is, "I have no goddamn idea." 


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