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Do you ever feel ashamed for liking Sesame Street?

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by BooberFraggless, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. BooberFraggless

    BooberFraggless New Member

    I was wondering if anyone else felt this way. I love Sesame Street, in fact I'm IN love with Sesame Street, and will always feel that way. But over the years some people have said some very mean things. I remember around second or third grade when it started becoming not so age appropriate anymore. The kids would laugh at me when I told them about something I saw on the show. And would say things like "you STILL watch that????" Eventually I had to pretend that I didn't like the show anymore, just to appease everybody. It was embarassing for me if a family member caught me watching it (which did happen sometimes) It's funny how most kids get to be 7 years old, and want nothing to do with the show anymore. Yet people like us, still love the show very much, and keep up with all the facts wev'e accumulated over the years. I'll admit the show isn't as much fun as it once was. But it's still nice to watch because it has all our old favorite friends on there. Well some anyways. But sometimes I feel ashamed for loving this show so much. I just don't know what to do anymore.
  2. Rosewood

    Rosewood New Member

    There is no reason to feel ashamed for liking SS.

    It's a well known fact - when kids are young, they want nothing as bad as to be able to be a "grown-up". And they will do anything to make themselves appear to be as such, including being cruel to other kids who simply wish to enjoy their short time of innocence. If these "eager to grow up" kids only knew how fast it was really comming at them, I think they might change their tune, quick! The true fact is that, in their hearts, these bullies probably love SS as much as the kids they make fun of. And once you have built yourself a reputation it's always going to be there to uphold. It's sad to think that these kids are forcing themselves into such a situation, just for the measley reward of popularity. I remember when I graduated from highschool: all the kids who had been super popular durring those years were suddenly no more important than anyone else around them. And it turned out that the ones who walked away with the scholarships were none other than the kids the popular ones had labeled as "nerds" and "bookworms" and dumped head-first in the trash cans all the time. (Guess who got the last laugh there?) If your grown up and you like something like SS there is nothing to feel ashamed about. I am nearly 40, but I have always concidered myself a kid at heart. It's something I have never been ashamed of. In fact, when I was dating, I used it as a way to get a picture of exactly what kind of person I was dealing with. (If the guy asked me to choose a movie to go to, I'd pick the first Disney movie I could find, and then see what kind of reaction I got. Talk about a true blue color revealer!) Besides, if being "grown up" and still enjoying SS is "abnormal" than I guess everyone here on this forum better start watching their backs for the funny farm wagon!;)
  3. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member


    I mustn't be too ashamed. I've got Sesame Street puppets hanging on the walls of my home for all the guests to see. LOL
  4. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    it would be foolish on my part to say it's strange to watch a kids show. while there have been times that I didn't watch it as an older kids there were many times where I did. Unfortunatly I've always had trouble mentioning me waching SS being older and it's not just what others think there probably something inside of me that says this is odd but fortunatly it's never really stopped me from waching it whenever i felt like it. if 1 were to ask why and mentioned how strange they thought it was I would say yeah I hear what you're saying I naturally have something inside that says the same thing. I SS has something in the show witch can entertain anyone of any age. There are parts of it witch aren't as easy to watch and it has changed where it isn't as interesting for me to watch but sometimes there are some parts of it that are interesting and i's nice to see the regualers, many of them who have been on for so many years and obviously still enjoy doing it.
  5. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    The makers of SS always knew parents would be watching along with their children too and thus included many things that adults would get and chuckle at. And for us adults now, we not only can enjoy those things but also enjoy the nostalgia of the things we loved as a small child. It's great television and nothing to be ashamed of at all. I have brought up SS many times as an adult to other adults without any embarrassment or scorning reactions. About the only time I really remember getting knocked or ridiculed for watching SS was around 4th through 7th grade. But kids can be insecure then and boys have to act so "macho". I suspect that some of the ones who said, "You mean you still watch Sesame Street?! LOL" still watched it themselves but had to publicly pretend they ceased it long ago. :)
  6. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Well, it's not as if you don't watch other shows as well. So no need to worry. ;)

    I don't like telling people I'm a muppet/sesame fan when it comes up in conversation, because I get weird looks. Sesame is cute and I always watch it when I'm home sick, as a childhood flashback, so I have a very good reason for that. ^_~
    But with the muppets, noone seems to remember/think that they were an adult entertainment vessel, primarily. And when I insist that it's (although not really mature ;) ) rather adult, noone listens. So yeah it bothers me. But hey, they're fun, and I like them, so I don't put too much worry into it. I love the music primarily, and the characters and comedy make me go like this --> :D
  7. I am not ashamed at all. I am a proud SS watcher. Even when I get older I will be. Nothing to be ashamed of.

    Yes, people say mean things but who cares. I have to live thorugh all my friends calling Elmo and such bad names. Words dont really matter. Sure, I get kinda upset and mad.... but words are words.
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well let's see, around the time I got into the third grade, I was made fun of for being an SS fan, and look where it got me: I intern at PBS!
  9. superfan

    superfan Active Member

    I watch it whenever I can, I even rewatch my A&E SS Biography and a host of other Muppet-y specials. I told my new coworkers up front that I'm a big Muppet fan and they seem mildly amused at best. I've got Cookie Monster, Kermit and a few other SS toys in my daycare room; just for the kids to look at. Not to touch! And of course my collection at home is all over my daughter's room, in our computer room and in the living room. Can't escape it. I'm always trying to find ways to sneak in SS trivia into daily conversations, too.
    The tricky part is not telling people of your interest, it's finding ones who are like-minded about it.
  10. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    I don't see SS as a show just for kids. I see is as art. Where puppeteers, writers, and cartoonists can show off their works and talents. I'm a cartoonist and I've always dreamed about making a cartoon or two for Sesame Street.
  11. janicegroupie

    janicegroupie New Member

    I always where my SS clothes proudly. People usually find my love of SS ( and other Muppet productions) cute, funny or immature. When it come to SS the truth it's a funny show. I have to admit I'm more of a classic fan but I'll still like some of the new stuff. People just have their own definitions of what's adult and if you don't fit in that mold your labeled as forever a kid. But it's nothing to be embarassed who wants to be like everyone else. And the truth is despite what society may think many of the skits are adult, the music is great (only the adults can truly appreciat the covers) and puppetry is an artform. Beside in middle school when I got mad fun of for wearing an Elmo shirt I've never really felt too much a reason feel ashamed. It just adds to me being an individual.
  12. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

    The funny thing is that I did feel a little embarrassed about watching Sesame Street when I was in my teens and 20's, but now that I'm in my late 30's, I couldn't care less what anyone thinks about it. LOL
  13. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Amen to that, janicegroupie!! :D

    By the way, Wal-mart is THE place for SS shirts. I've got a few from there and I just saw some new ones the other day.
  14. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    And actually, GeeBee, if classic SS comes on dvd some day I'm sure we would be so excited and that it would definitely come up in conversation to people. I've told people outside here about the upcoming "The Electric Company" dvds and haven't felt embarrassed. Heck, it's even aimed at adults who were kids back in the 70's, after all!

    By the way, this thread brings to mind a thread where I asked a question that was a little along these lines. It was mainly curiosity about how much you all talk about SS and the muppets outside of this site to people in general. I never got a reply in that thread, but some of the responses in this thread have addressed that idea. :) Here was that thread.
  15. janicegroupie

    janicegroupie New Member

    Thank you. :) The need to conform is something that has always annoyed me with the world today.
    And thanks for the tip. I haven't checked Walmart much for SS shirt but I'll have to start. Kohls and Target are also pretty good plus all 3 stores are a whole lot cheaper than the ones I used to buy at Hot Topic but just as cool.
  16. Ziffel

    Ziffel New Member

    I see I almost pulled a ziffel on janicegroupie! But she wisely used the quote feature for quoting Mrs. Pepper so it wasn't a break in the pattern of thought after all. Nicely done. :crazy:
  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Oh, I watch it all the time! I just love behind-the-scenes footage, especially the muppets and Sesame Street.
  18. Labyrinth Fairy

    Labyrinth Fairy New Member

    lol and yeah, comeon, why be ashamed of watching ss? I bet those kids in 2nd grade still watched barney and didn't tell you or anyone else.......
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'll admit, I did watch Barney, until they changed the whole show: (new cast, new set, new puppet characters, new title and credit sequences, etc.)
  20. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    I am really glad that someone started this discussion, because it is something I have somewhat been thinking about ever since I joined this forum. Since I noticed the thread, I have put off for a while on answering because I needed time to truly collect my thoughts on it because I feel it is important. Because Sesame Street has had such a profound influence on my life and beliefs, I didn't want to just jump in and post something, I wanted to really think about what I want to say. I am not answering yet. I still need a little time, but what all of you have said so far has been pretty much my thoughts exactly, and I cannot tell you how truly inspiring you all are. My responses coming soon because I will probably have a lot to say. Stay tuned!;)


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