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Sesame Street censorship

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Boober_Gorg, Oct 17, 2002.

  1. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Well-Known Member

    Maybe you misheard it. Maybe what she said was "Don't start before I cue you." I really don't think Olivia would give :p a murder threat.
  2. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    The Count's used the "k" word a couple of times, too. ("The suspense is killing me!")
  3. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Well-Known Member

    Well, I can understand using the word 'kill' in that context. I just find it hard to believe, somebody on Sesame Street would say 'I'll kill you.' I'm not saying I don't believe you guys or anything like that. I just find it surprising that they would say that one a kid's show.
  4. SesameMike

    SesameMike Member

    There was an animated segment in which a kangaroo is repeatedly pulling letter K's out of her pouch and demonstrating K-words. I think one was "kick", as she kicked the letter out of range. One word was actually "kill", in which she put her foot on the top of the K's riser and made a "snfffff" sound. I must say that confused me. Anyway, the marsupial concluded with some advice "...for all you kangaroos out there. Don't keep Ks in your pouch. They scratch!"

    And I do remember the "Shut up!" line. In Kermit's "News Flash" of the story of Rapunzel, the prince called out "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair". She kept replying "My WHAT?", causing to prince to angrily yell "YOUR HAIR". Finally she understood, and Rapunzel's extra-long wig fell right off. The prince then realized his horse ran off and he started bawling. He yelled "SHUT UP" to whatever Rapunzel said after that. I think that line was partially masked by Kermit's "regularly scheduled programming" shpiel, and it could very well be that the line was ad-libbed.
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  5. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    i honestly don't think she said that.
  6. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    I've got that cartoon; she doesn't say it, but does say "kilt".
  7. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    The word "kill" was in one of the Sesame Street dictionaries. It was defined as "To make something stop living." The example was the killing of some kind of bug.
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  8. emberfire

    emberfire New Member


    is that what she said? ive been wondering about that. :cool:
  9. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    I thought all those years ago, Olivia said, kill, in that skit. So maybe it might've been, cue. I might've been wrong.

    But I do remember Big Bird saying, "David's gonna kill me!" in that spilled milk skit.
  10. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    Considering that people took "I'm gonna kill you" a lot less literally when I was a girl, it wouldn't surprise me if a character occasionally said that in older Sesame Street clips. With children actually killing people these days, I can't blame Sesame Workshop for censoring violence (or threats of violence) when they recycle those bits.
  11. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    I agree with Xerus' interpretation of that "don't start before I ___ you" line; Olivia killing Ernie (literally or not) makes much less sense than her cuing Ernie to start the drums later.
  12. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    Other censored Sesame clips

    On one hand, I agree that censoring some violence and self-injury on Sesame Street was a good idea: the mallet-whacking in that carrot cartoon has a bit too much copycat potential, and so does Bert's head-banging. (I'm surprised that the show's writers allowed him to do that after Don Music got retired!)

    On the other hand, I think that censoring too much of the show would make Sesame Street too squeaky-clean: people in the real world do get angry, and do use angry words to express that. "Darn it!" is pretty mild compared to what most kids hear and say now; it's the shows with real cursing that need the expletives cut, not Sesame Street!
  13. JLG

    JLG Active Member

    I can't imagine any little kids wanting to imitate Don Music's head-banging. When I was a kid I thought it was the most painful-looking thing I'd ever seen and I'd cringe whenever he did it. Well, everybody's different. :p

    You guys can't be serious about some of these edits. Bert fainting? The guy falling out of the chair? Come on!!!

    This is really ironic. The '70s were the era when everyone was going crazy with dumbing down and sanitizing kids' cartoons, and censoring old Warner Brothers cartoons on TV. Meanwhile, Sesame Street was cheerfully having characters argue, trade mild insults, and engage in mild slapstick. Flash forward to now, and cartoons can once again be violent, the Warner Brothers cartoons are mostly intact (except for suicide gags---for some reason it's OK to have Yosemite Sam firing his pistols off in every direction, but not okay to have a character shooting himself in the head), but Sesame Street is drenching itself in sanitizer :D and editing out the most innocuous slapstick and harmless words you can think of. Go figure.

    About "shut up": Don't forget the Ernie and Bert "What time is it?" skit. Ernie wakes up and wants to know what time it is, and Bert tells him to just go back to sleep. So Ernie opens the window and starts singing really loud, and you see all the lights flicker outside and the neighbors start yelling "Cut it out!! It's 3 o' clock in the morning!!"
    One of the voices very clearly says "Shut up!!!"
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  14. Tim

    Tim Member

    I had heard that Prof. Hastings was cut because he presented a negative image of the elderly(?).

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