"We're realistic; we're not trying to get kids to stop eating cookies," said Lewis Bernstein, an executive producer of "Sesame Street."Can't some things be just for fun? Wasn't the point of Cookie Monster the fact that kids would understand that just eating cookies alone was verboten? (OK, well maybe German kids understood it was verboten.)And that's what made him funny? Sheesh. He's the Cookie Monster.
"But (Cookie Monster) is broadening his eating habits, I'm glad to say."
Each season, the producers of "Sesame Street" get together with educators and advisers to discuss the needs of their show's target audience, which is mainly preschoolers. This year, they decided to focus on exercise, nutrition and health in general.
Next, the Count does PSAs to encourage blood donation, but pauses to clarify that drinking blood is not good for you.
(Via NPR's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me.)