May 05 2019

9 Muppets Kicked Off Sesame Street | Mental Floss

In over four decades, Sesame Street has featured over 1,000 characters. Although we’ll always have mainstays like Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, many Muppets have been forgotten or deemed unnecessary. Here are a few Sesame Street residents who were evicted.

Two of these characters were my favorites when I was little. Roosevelt Franklin was so damn cool. And Don Music was hilarious. Hitting his head on the piano.

Why were they banned? Well, head hitting is bad. And Roosevelt Franklin? “Parents wrote to the Children’s Television Workshop to complain that Roosevelt was a negative stereotype of African-American children, citing his rowdy nature and the fact that his classes closely resembled after-school detention.” I mean… OK. But he was so cool! And fun! Ah, hell. It’s not like my childhood was ruined because it didn’t have Roosevelt Franklin in it anymore. But was it really such a negative stereotype? I was too young to know what detention was so even if that part was valid, who cares?

I’m a big Sesame Street fan and I loved watching it with my kids, even if it wasn’t as good as it was when *I* was a kid. Like so many things.

Source: 9 Muppets Kicked Off Sesame Street | Mental Floss