Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How much are these condoms, Mr. Looper? ('Sesame Street' Wednesday)

'Sesame Street' isn't just for kids. Adults love it too!

Some of the segments on the ol' Ses have parts that are clearly designed for grownups - like the sketch where Oscar the Grouch gets turned on by the inspector at the airport metal detector. Somebody else pointed out that the reference to Oscar's chain and anvil was clearly adult-oriented.

Just a few days ago, I saw an uproarious article about 'Sesame Street' naughtiness. It said that the crew that worked on the show liked to stock the shelves of Mr. Hooper's Store with condoms and pornographic postcards. Yes, the show was filmed with the items still on the shelves. However, there were no scenes where viewers could discern what the items were.

Hopefully, the fine folks at Children's Television Workshop removed the grownup items before filming this skit (from 1971 or earlier) in which small children patronize the store:

One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong on the shelf at Hooper's Store: birdseed, bubble gum mislabeled as malteds, or pornographic postcards?

Can you guess which one? Why, the bubble gum mislabeled as malteds, of course. Because everybody knows mislabeling food violates the Pure Food and Drug Act.

In the meantime, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, the Count, and the rest of the 'Sesame Street' kick-ass crew know where to get their condoms.


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