Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Apparently the Sesame Street concept, and Muppets, are licensed all over the world. Zari will be part of locally produced Afghanistan segments focusing on topics like girls' empowerment and physical health.

A Wikipedia article reports that the idea of Sesame Street going far and wide was initially a novel notion:

Many years later, co-creator Joan Ganz Cooney recalled, "To be frank, I was really surprised, because we thought we were creating the quintessential American show. We thought the Muppets were quintessentially American, and it turns out they're the most international characters ever created"

Versions of Sesame Street now run in 140 countries!

I instinctively take this to be a relatively benign cultural development, but I am sure there are those who feel differently.

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