Kami, the HIV positive muppet

Sesame Street is really all over the world. Part of the reason I love them so much is their positively ambitious quest to give children all over the world positive role models and educational programming that might level the playing fields. In their quest to provide programming that is positive and relatable to children all over the world, each different show has made up new muppets to serve their viewers. In South Africa, many children are born HIV positive, and having a muppet that experienced the same would provide those children with a role model that they could love and empathize with. Introducing Kami!

Of course American media got hold of this and said sesame st was trying to normalize HIV and homosexual behavior. Really!

But I think it is truly great. Sesame St has always pushed boundaries. In 1969 it was the first kids show to feature a multi-racial cast and have an urban setting. Now, in places like South Africa, there are characters that have to deal with real life problems that affect children and deal with it in an age appropriate way.

 

Here is Bill Clinton having a sit -down with Kami, 

 

and here is a snipet of Kami in action. She is so great!

And then stoopy pundit talking ignorant crap…

 

here is an article if you are interested by time magazine…

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10 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    AIDS Drugs said,

    I think a HIV positive mupet is awesome, Sesame street is brilliant, who runs them?

  2. 2

    Lauren said,

    Really? She didn’t expect U.S idiots to be so hateful and mean? I fully expect that. Seriously, Pat Buchanan is completely out of touch. So what if a kid asks their parent about HIV…god forbid a parent talk to their children about drugs and sex. HIV is a prevalent in South Africa and that fact remains regardless if there is a muppet on Sesame Street with HIV. It is important for children to be exposed to these things and be able to ask questions about important issues such as HIV so they are more informed and don’t grow and say ignorant statements such as those spoken by Pat Buchanan. While Mr. Buchanan calls it perversion, I think it is absolutely necessary. It’s called education.

  3. 3

    Lauren said,

    Thanks Becky…I heart Kami.

  4. 4

    Steisha Pintado said,

    Great post, Becky. I hadn’t read that article from the Times before. Thanks for the great read.

  5. 5

    […] many bloggers, such as this one writing on Muppets and History, see Kami has another example of how Sesame Street has pushed the boundaries. […]

  6. 6

    […] many bloggers, such as this one writing on Muppets and History, see Kami has another example of how Sesame Street has pushed the boundaries. […]

  7. 7

    […] Blogger, wie dieser, der auf Muppets and History schreibt, sehen Kami als weiteres Beispiel, in dem die Sesamstraße Grenzen überwunden hat. Andere gestehen […]

  8. 8

    […] Blogger, wie dieser, der auf Muppets and History schreibt, sehen Kami als weiteres Beispiel, in dem die Sesamstraße Grenzen überwunden hat. Andere […]

  9. 9

    […] wanablogu wengi, kama huyu hapa anayeandika kwenye Muppets and History, anamwona Kami kama mfano mwingine wa namna Sesame Street inavyosukuma mipaka. […]

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    […] wielu blogeró, tak jak ta osoba pisząca o Mupetach i Historii, widzi Kami jako kolejny przykład tego jak Ulica Sezamkowa przekracza granice. […]


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