By Rachel Bucchino
No more bubbles flying from Elmo’s window. No more of Abby Cadabby’s glitter cluttering the streets. No more cookies needed for Cookie Monster to munch on. No more of Big Bird’s luscious feathers — if you don’t have HBO.
About a week ago, a new viral video revealed Elmo from Sesame Street learning from a man behind the camera that he is “no longer employed by Sesame Street Workshop.”
Due to the White House’s budget plans, President Donald Trump proposed to “eliminate funding” for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which assist PBS and NPR financially.
Eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will ultimately destroy the private non-profit operation from teaching the youth about education, safety and communication through the media.
“Just like that,” Elmo responded. “Elmo’s been working at Sesame Street for 32 years!” This devastating video shows Elmo’s confusion and feelings of injustice after hearing about Trump’s changes in funding the arts.
The man behind the camera continued, “The Trump Administration is gutting all arts and education funding from the new congressional budget.”
Attempting to cope with this news, Elmo pondered his financial ability to pay rent, his insurance and even satisfy his “pre-existing condition.”
The fluffy, red muppet sat in fear as the man suggested alternatives to make money; since the ‘90s, Elmo appeared on Sesame Street, serving as a tool for parents to influence their children to stay active, commit to learning and go to the bathroom properly.
Elmo is not the only character leaving Sesame Street. Cookie Monster and Telly Monster are being cut, as well.
While the show will be aired on HBO, not everyone can “afford cable so many people still watch the reruns, which air on PBS.” PBS lost all funding for it.
“If individual PBS stations can’t afford to keep the lights on, the cuts could keep Big Bird & Friends from populating your children’s daytime TV schedules, advocates say,” according to USA Today
Despite the show’s feature on HBO, families across the country who cannot afford to pay for additional television networks will not be able to watch Sesame Street.
In 2005, the show parodied Trump, creating a character named “Donald Grump,” who is a grouchy villain with bleached orange hair and thick, intimidating eyebrows.
“It’s been over ten years since we featured the Donald Grump character and we have no plans to bring him back,” claimed a representative for Sesame Street Workshop. “Our content has always been politically agnostic. We’ve parodied many pop culture icons and television shows such as Game of Thrones, Law & Order, and The Voice, as well as a range of news organizations.”
Perhaps Trump was heavily insulted that he was imitated on the children’s show, or maybe he believes families should have to pay for all educational services for their children.
Featured Photo Credit: Feature photo credit courtesy of FraserElliot on Flickr.
Rachel Bucchino is a freshman civil engineering major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.