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Meet Leela, Sesame Street’s newest cast member

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

  2. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Cool, she sounds very interesting and it will be nice to hear more about Indian culture. :)
  3. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    I sense the beginning of a generation gap next season: people my age associate the name "Leela" with the main female character on a very different TV show. It feels strange knowing that kids in day-care centers will grow up hearing that name and imagining a live-action immigrant woman in a laundromat...*hmmm*
  4. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    Why do you think that?
  5. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    "Leela" isn't exactly a common name in the United States (any more than "Kermit" or "Elmo" has been for years). So the first fictional character that comes to mind will be very different for preschoolers vs. adults who hear that name.
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Lol, the street's going through another population explosion indeed, but hey, the more the merrier, and what street is more merrier than Sesame Street?
  7. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Thank you for keeping us alert, Phil! It's so exciting seeing new friendly neighbors and new places coming to the street!:)
  8. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    Yeah! We've been needing some other women actors on the show. You don't see Susan that much and Maria still is seen in plenty episodes and then there's Gina too. But can't wait to see the new season this coming August.
  9. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    How exciting! I can't wait to find out more about her on Sesame Street!
  10. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Active Member


    Dang, at times like these I sure do miss the "Around the corner" set. :(
  11. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    Maybe there'll be something like the laundromat place around the corner or something like that.
  12. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    How exciting! It's been quite some time since there's been a new member of the human cast! Thanks for the report Phil!
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Did I read right? Did it say that Leela is the shows first indian character? What about Buffy?
  14. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member


    Buffy is Native American; Leela is Indian as in "from India". (I'm not trying to be politically correct here, but it does get confusing when the same name is used for two unrelated ethnic groups.)
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Apparently, Buffy was Indian as in "Native-American", while Leela is Indian as in from the country of India.
  16. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    The reason this country was created was so people could live any way they like as long as the abide by the law. And if you have a problem with it then you have every right to that too. It's a a free country... You can be who you are.

    If you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, that is an Irish tradition and one that America adopted as well. Most things in this country that are considered American have originated from somewhere else. Bob celebrates his Scottish heritage as well as other cast members theirs, but their all American do you even know that she was even said she was even born in India? If that's the case, then how could she "go back" if she was never even from their in the first place?
  17. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Yeah, Buffy was First Nations.

    I was so excited to hear about this news. I checked out the article; the actress (whose real name is Nitya; she is just using Leela as her character's name) looks so cute and friendly! And as far as I know, Indian culture hasn't been directly explored before, so this is really cool. :excited:

    Sesame Street is all about acceptance and understanding people, and living in harmony. It is everything the muppets, Jim Henson, and Sesame Street stand for.
  18. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    Well without meaning to drag anything on I doubt it will be that serious.

    Maria and Luis are common Spanish names so I doubt it's gonna mean all that much to the youngsters.
  19. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I agree, I remember that the first time I ever heard the names Maria and Luis was probably on Sesame Street. And it was just normal after that.
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    It's always amazing to see new talent on Sesame Street. I'm really becoming a fan of last season's new member, Chris. I can't wait to see how this new blood is going to interact with some of the most famous characters in the world.

    And I feel it's important to teach the culture of a country like India, which is a very up and coming economic power. It's important to show countries are full of different people, not just political ideas and economic power. Especially since a generation learned about India's culture from a certain stereotypical Simpsons character... :rolleyes:


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