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Rumor: Oscar living in a recycling bin

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Mupp, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. Mupp Member

    I've been poking around youtube, particularly official Sesame Street videos and apparently, a few people have gotten the idea that Oscar does not live in a trash can anymore, and that he now lives in a recycling bin, and of course they are complaining about that because its too PC and whatnot.

    Of course, this "rumor" is completely bogus and not true! (At least, I assume)

    So, has anyone else heard about this bizarre "rumor"?

    Where the heck do people get these ideas?

    (There are also people out there who still think that the "Veggie Monster" is real. :rolleyes: )
  2. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Hmm let's see... round, metal, grayish in color... yep, that's a trashcan, as opposed to cubicle, rubber, and bluish in color.

    Besides, that's nowhere near as bizzare as what Sonia Manzano once said in a TV Guide interview about Oscar being dubbed "the only Muppet character to have seen Maria naked".
  3. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Seriously.. they let that stupid rumor out there, and suddenly people say PETA kidnapped Big Bird and set him out into the wild.

    Oscar still lives in a trashcan, and he'd sic his pet elephant on anyone who tried to move him from it.
  4. dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Gotta love it - people getting up in arms over something a rumor that has no basis of a starting point! I can see how Veggie Monster snowballed out of the season 36 healthy food initiative but how in the world did this even get started?

    My guess is some say-anything-to-get-people-to-listen radio guy said something and their sheep ran with it.
  5. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah... that junk news SS had to toss out into the world so that people would actually pay attention to SS instead of some sugar colored seizure that pretends to be a computer game.

    Wouldn't put it past them. I HATE that! No one makes up their own opinions anymore. They have to get some prepackaged junk food logic from someone paid to say what they think people want to hear.
  6. DrmaticEmphasis New Member

    People have never made up their own opinions (just look at the history of organized religion... sorry... but its true)... today is no different... its just easy for people to shout things at you because of all the forms of media. But people as a whole havent changed at all.
  7. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Exactly. Things have gotten much MUCH worse.

    This seems like something that could go either way... either as a stupid joke someone made, or as some loud mouth peon whining about how everything is so PC, and how we're brainwashing our kids not to be disgusting slobs and litter everywhere. So that's what worries me. One way, it's a harmless crack, the other way, it's something more sinister.
  8. HeyButtahfly Well-Known Member

    UGH the stupid Veggie Monster rumor MUST die! I am a senior in college and every time I have a conversation with friends and peers about how Sesame Street is not the same as when we were kids (and I have had a number of them in the last couple of years), someone says something to the effect of, "Yeah! Did you know he's not called Cookie Monster anymore? They changed him to Veggie Monster! That's just WRONG" And I feel like such a nerd but by now I almost have steam coming out of my ears because I'm still having to correct my peers on this.
  9. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The Veggie Monster thing I blame on SW, trying to drum up interest in a great show that's been around since forever that just so happens to keep being eclipsed by loud, obnoxious upstarts that have educational styles that have yet to be disproven (and will be). The media just took the ordeal and blew it out of proportion, making people watch to see that Cookie was unaltered.
  10. Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Saying "Sorry, but its true" doesn't make something less hurtful, you know. This is exactly the kind of unnecessary dig at religion that makes people think MC has double-standards.

    Why not just say people have never made up their own opinions, and leave it at that. Politics, social order, media, government, schooling, family-groups...You could look at any one of those things, or hundreds of others, yet you choose to single out religion in a non-religious thread. Kinda uncalled for.

    Thanks.
  11. ISNorden Active Member

    Ooops, I posted my reply in the wrong thread--moving it where it belongs!
  12. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Let the record state that I was actually singling out politics on this one. Seemed to me like someone would have gone on about how the environmentalists are pushing stuff... blah blah blah. I say, believe or disbelieve in global climate change all you want, it doesn't give anyone the right to toss large Doritos bags and big gulps everywhere.
  13. Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Hehe. Oh, I know, I wasn't pointing the finger at you, Doc. :search:
  14. ISNorden Active Member

    To bring this back on topic: The recycling-bin rumor sounds even less credible than the other rumors I've heard about Sesame Street Muppets. It might have started when someone heard about the environmental theme this season, and expected the lessons to be as heavy-handed as the health lessons were 3-4 seasons ago. Some local joker in the media probably said "What'll those people do next, move Oscar the Grouch into a recycling bin?" ... and the audience overreacted, just as they did when the Veggie Monster rumors began.

    I have a feeling someone at Sesame Workshop was trying to nip that rumor in the bud when Oscar starred in the "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" episode. By showing Oscar still living in a trash can and keeping his dirty, smelly preferences, the writers may have been saying: "OK, rumor-mongers, do we need to show you a picture?" :grouchy:
  15. Mupp Member

    On that note, I really enjoyed that episode. It was very funny and of course, Oscar is a great character to feature.

    I love how so many classic characters like Oscar have gotten so much face time in season 40.
  16. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

  17. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The thing is, the Veggie Monster rumors were unfounded, yet were hinted at so strongly that it got blown out of proportion. The proof came from the reports of the "Cookie is a Sometimes Food" (which I appreciate more and more, actually), where as the proof of this is that SS was going to focus on the environment. And oddly enough, I have yet to see one episode about recycling or even mentioning an anti-pollution message, something they've been doing all along (Humming an unrecognizable segment of Willy Wimple doesn't count). It seems that the season, if anything, focused on nature, not conservation. And while I would love to go onto the sheer idiocy of not making the world a pigsty being a partisan thing (again, no matter what side you're on, do you WANT to wade knee deep in Doritos bags? I have some HORROR stories, Man!), whining that Oscar's living in a recycle bin is crazy. You have to wash recycling. That means no icky gooey slop stuck to plastic bottles and cups mushing all over the place. I doubt a Grouch would like to live in such... cleanliness!
  18. ISNorden Active Member

    Well, one B&E's Great Adventure did briefly touch on pollution; when they ended up at sea, the mermaid criticized them for turning the ocean into a trash dump. That is pretty minor compared to the way they've taught other environmental themes though!
  19. MrsPepper Active Member

    What? Bahahaha! That's ridiculous. Don't wanna know how that happened... >_>
  20. Mupp Member

    You know, its interesting...

    Today, people would never be able to create a new show that featured a character that lived in a trash can.

    I still love Sesame Street's setting. Its very different and (and more realistic) than most other pre-school shows out there today.

    Oscar is a great character. :grouchy:

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