• Sun, Sep 15 2013

Cookie Monster Will Stop Being An Impatient Glutton To Be A Better Role Model For Our Kids

Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 9.09.53 AMCookie Monster loves cookies. Everyone knows that. He cannot be around cookies for five seconds without grabbing them and shoving them in his face because that is what a cookie monster does. I thought it was hilarious as a child, and my toddler thinks it’s hilarious, too. But it seems Cookie is going to be learning restraint so he can be a better role model for our kids.

In 2005, Sesame Street briefly tried to show Cookie interested in healthy snacks. It didn’t really work. Aww, Cookie fails at his diets, too. Now, they aren’t going to make him abandon sweets all together, they are just going to show him practicing restraint. His new mantra – Me want it, but me wait.

Me wait? What? Cookie Monster waits for no one. There isn’t a cookie in existence that is safe in his presence – that’s the point. He’s a Cookie Monster. From The Huffington Post:

Self-regulation will be emphasized in every part of the new season’s shows — as well as in online games – but the cornerstone of the program is ”Cookie’s Crumby Pictures.”In classic Sesame style, this set of spoof movie trailers, of which “The Spy Who Loved Cookies is part,” will communicate the season’s agenda through sketches geared towards parents as much as kids. The series will include movies based on”When Harry Met Sally,” “Life of Pi,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Hunger Games.”

“These parodies … [are] really for the adult, to draw the adult in,” Dr. Truglio explains, saying her team hopes for a “co-viewing situation” with grown-ups and kids. If that happens, adults can hopefully “reinforce these strategies when they are with their child or a classroom of children.”

Sesame Street has always been great about teaching kids important lessons – so I guess I just have to get over the fact that they are modifying one of the best characters of all time. Frankly, it’s a lesson my toddler seriously needs to learn. As much as I try to get him to understand the concept of “waiting” – he doesn’t seem to get it. Why wait for something when you can have it NOW.

There’s a part of me that thinks, Hey, this is entertainment. It’s not real. When he shoves cookies into his face he makes kids laugh. But there’s another part of me that just really loves and trusts Sesame Street’s programming – I grew up on it, my kid loves it, and these new movies are pretty awesome.

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  • Ginny

    But it’s…it’s Cookie Monster…not “patient giant blue furry thing.”

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  • emil

    ohhh, so that’s why I have no self control around cookies, too much sesame street as a child

  • senCybil1

    The whole point of the monsters has always been to highlight the flaws of their behaviors by exaggerating to a comic level and making people laugh. Cookie Monster using restraint about eating cookies would be like telling the Count to get his OCD treated and not count so much, or to tell Oscar to not be so negative all the time.

  • matt30fl

    They should just retire the character then.

  • DatNanny

    They’ve been doing this for a while now. Not the trailers, but Cookie Monster has been all about moderation in the past few years. His line is how “Cookies are a sometimes food.”

    I had the initial reaction of “Oh no, not my cookie monster!” when they first talked about making him switch to healthier foods, but having watched these new episodes, it’s actually not bad. He’s still cookie monster, but he does set a better example. The way he tries to show restraint is pretty cute. It’s Sesame Street, they know what they’re doing, they really capture that preschool-level attempted self-regulation. He’s still… pretty bad at it.

    And this happened. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PnbKL3wuH4

    • LET

      Yeah, the last episode of SS I watched with my son showed the other characters attempting to get Cookie Monster to try vegetables, with him being reluctant, and eventually agreeing that some of the vegetables are tasty. It seemed that they kept Cookie Monster pretty much “in character”.

    • G.S.

      But . . . but Cookie Monster has been known to happily eat CARS on occasion. Why would he be picky about eating vegetables? He’s the farthest thing FROM picky!

    • http://lawleramericanadventure.wordpress.com/ Nicole

      I’ve seen that monster devour whole plates in the midst of cookie binges!

  • MeLuRe

    Ummm, if Cookie Monster is really going to make or break a child’s ability to self regulate, maybe it is time for that child’s parents to reevaluate their parenting strategy.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Right?! This is soooo stupid, I have never heard of a kid saying ” I want to be just like Cookie Monster ( or oscar, or the count for that matter) – cookie and his insatiable cookie lust is not the problem.

    • Blueathena623

      I wanted to be the Count. I listened to the count counts tape so much as a child I can still sing every song and do the banter between songs.

    • http://lawleramericanadventure.wordpress.com/ Nicole

      I wanted to be Oscar but only because of those stupidly cute worm friends of his. Are they still around? I haven’t watched Sesame Street in over 20 years (save for a few youtube vids of celebrities teaching me words)

    • Jayess

      I had what I thought was a fever dream about those “cute worm friends.” I was 4 or so, and it’s one of my earliest, most vivid, most terrifying memories. I was sick, and they were in my covers, under the bed, all over the drapes, and would not disappear. I recounted this story as a “getting to know you” with my then-fiance’s parents when all six of us got together for the purpose of meeting. My parents laughed and said, “fever dream? NO! We didn’t know that each of us had already given you a different medication. You, my dear child, were flying as high as a kite!”

    • http://lawleramericanadventure.wordpress.com/ Nicole

      Oh god! That’s both terrifying and hilarious.

    • Kelby Johnson

      I completely agree with you. Leave Cookie alone! He’s not hurting anyone and he’s funny!!!

  • Evelyn

    I am so torn … I loved silly, glutton Cookie Monster … but they have a point on setting an example and have done a good job … but COOOOKIEEE!

    Curse you, growing up, for making me think responsibly when I want the character I grew up with to be exactly the same 30 years later.

  • Blahblah

    Cookie *Monster*. *Cookie* Monster. Not The Monster That Patiently Waits For His Treats And Also Eats Healthy, Too.

  • Cookie Monster Fan

    SO glad that youtube has all the old sesame street! This is what my kids will be watching

  • NeuroNerd

    I recently saw a clip with Tom Hiddleston, where her taught Cookie Monster the concept of delayed gratification. At the end, Cookie still nom-nom-nom’ed two cookies (Tom ate his neatly like the cute little Brit that he is). It was pretty cute.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_ubVVnWglk

    • Jessie

      I LOVE this clip, I saw it a while ago and I still watch it pretty frequently because it’s just too freaking adorable. <3

      I figure Cookie Monster can learn to wait as long as he still om-nom-nom's in the end like the crazy thing he is. :D

  • Annona

    Oh for the love of Pete people. There appears to be some confusion. TV shows featuring muppet monsters are “entertainment”. Real people are “role models”. Next thing you know, Oscar the Grouch will be on Prozac and we’ll have a touching episode dealing with the consequences of Elmo’s ADHD.

    • scooby23

      “Hey kids, it’s Elmo! Hee, hee! Today, Elmo will be talking about Elmo’s life with ADHD and how he has trouble concentrating on work in school and in daily life! Ha ha! Enjoy the show!”

  • Rachel

    But…the humor of Cookie Monster is that he really can’t stop himself!

  • CrazyFor Kate

    If you write an article about Cookie Monster you are legally obligated to include “Waiting for Elmo”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksL_7WrhWOc