“Sesame Street” has always put weighty topics into simple terms that any child can understand. Of course, that makes one wonder if said topic was ever that weighty in the first place.
Take the latest episode of the beloved children’s show for instance. Airing on July 23, TV Guide describes it as featuring a segment called “Dress Me Up Club,” where, during Dress-Up Day, female character Abby Cadabby wants to pretend to be a superhero like Elmo. Sadly, she’s told that girls can only be princesses and ballerinas. By the end of the sketch though, Elmo truly does save the day by explaining that girls can be superheroes, too. On the same note, boys can also be ballerinas, have tea parties, or do anything else they want.
In an age where gender harassment still runs rampant and pundits constantly bicker over who’s allowed to use what restroom, it takes a bunch of puppets on a kids’ TV show to once again remind us how simple the concept of gender equality actually is: Accept everyone. Period. As long as they’re not hurting anyone, every person in the world is free to be whoever they want.
Tune in to HBO on Saturday, July 23, at 9 AM to catch the full episode, which also includes a song about the issue and a celebratory homage to the letter “D.” Speaking of which, this post was brought to you by the letters “C,” “B,” and “R.”
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