Great column by Mark Morford in the San Francisco Gate:
“So it has come to this. It has come to an orphan HIV-positive female Muppet on “Sesame Street” in Africa. Let there be quiet and tragic applause.
It has come to the point where we can no longer avoid intermingling the worlds of sunny happy sing-songin’ innocent Cookie-Monster days and brutal ravaging epidemic disease and deathly nights, and man is Big Bird ever confused and sad and lost.
But this is a good thing, this new character. Everyone says so, everyone with any sort of conscience or even mild awareness of the horrors of the AIDS epidemic senses this is probably the right kind of thing to do, even if it feels like it’s not. ”
Read the whole article:
Condoms To Cookie Monster / An HIV+ Muppet comes to AIDS-ravaged Africa, and the world will never be the same
The idea, of course, is to gently raise the awareness among African kids (an estimated 18 million of whom have been orphaned due to the disease), prepare them all-too-early to confront a very painful adult problem they’re seeing every day in the street anyway, try to recast the afflicted as people not to be feared or loathed or shunned, much like introducing a gun-toting proto-American war zealot into the cast of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”