Sesame Street's new Muppet takes on the Taliban (and the trolls)

Zari

Six

Always open-mouthed, always unblinking, mottled purple skin.

Oh, stop it. Actually, I think you’ll find that Zari is a puppet.

Exactly that. She’s the new star of the US State Department-funded Sesame Street spin-off , the most-watched .

She’s been created explicitly to promote female empowerment. She will reportedly feature in locally produced segments about girls’ rights, national identity and social wellbeing. One upcoming episode will see her interview a doctor, for example, because she wants to find out how to become one herself.

I know. Better yet, it has annoyed lots of people on the internet.

Of course it has. The world is full of twitchy, small-minded keyboard warriors who won’t even be able to watch the show, and .

You betcha. One guy asked if Zari would wear a suicide vest. Another said “Any ‘christian’ characters? If not, i am offended”. A user called MSM Is Corrupt said: “OMFG – no way in hell I will let my child watch this shit. Get all liberals out of TV they are poisonous to children.”

Well, there was also the guy who wrote “”, but I didn’t have the heart to tell him about Bert and Ernie. Also, actually, I’m quite annoyed about Zari.

Yes! The Afghan children of today are getting useful, vital information from Sesame Street about the role of women in a civilised society. You know what taught me as a kid?

It taught me that biscuits are delicious, and also that it’s fun to live in a bin by yourself.

Well, it’s hardly a bloody coincidence, is it?

“How nice to see Sesame Street continue to be thoughtful and relevant, even today”

“Great, now we’re going to be overrun by Afghans, just like that time we were overrun by snuffleupaguses”.

Source : theguardian[dot]com
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