Fresh off the wire:
For the first time in a decade, the classic children's television show Sesame Street will introduce a new passive-aggressive Muppet on the air.Her name is Julia. She's a shy and winsome 4-year-old, with striking red hair and green eyes. Julia likes to paint and pick flowers. When Julia speaks, she often echoes what she's just heard her friends Abby and Elmo say. Julia is passive aggressive.Presenting Julia to the gang requires a bit more explanation of her passive-aggression to the other Muppets — and their young viewers. As Abby Cadabby (the 3-year-old fairy played by Leslie Carrara-Rudolph) explained during NPR's recent visit to the set in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., it can be hard to get Julia's attention. Big Bird had to repeat himself to get her to listen, for example. And she sees things where others don't."That's just Julia being Julia," Abby said.Julia, chuckling, then displays a different-but-fun way of playing tag, and everyone joins in. But when a siren wails, she covers her ears and looks stricken.
"She needs to take a break," Big Bird's human friend Alan calmly explains. Soon, all is well and play resumes.
And when it comes to children, multiply this by a billion. Little Jimmy isn't dumb as stone, he's dyslexic! Now we have a name and a condition to staple to his forehead and mark him for life. Parents will go out of their way to "find something wrong" with their kids, which happened to me and probably would have killed me if someone hadn't put a stop to it.
And a Muppet for every minority group. Of course, Bert and Ernie aren't gay - just good friends.