I just wondered if we could get some clarification on why exactly the 'Sesame Street to Introduce HIV-Positive Muppet' thread has been closed ? I can understand totally the banning of 'Special Ed' (although i don't think he is the stranger you all think he is) for posting those stupid links just to incense people. It was obvious he was taking the softly softly approach to make controversial points and then just going for the big one when he felt he wasn't getting enough attention or making a big enough impact on a subject that obviously disturbs or affects him. I totally agree, and personally, would love to see the links he posted deleted as his post doesn't seem to have been. I honestly though don't see why the thread has to be spoiled for everyone else by stopping them from posting on the topic. This is a serious educational topic that is warranting discussion all over the world. Yes our thread had been taken off course by some but others were making great points and adding sensibly to a very valuable and fruitful discussion. One of the whole points of Sesame trying to approach this topic of HIV is not just so that they can include a character in a show, it's also so that they can get a reaction to what they are doing and raise both education and awareness in the public and media. By stopping people from posting about it and airing their views it's basically saying that people like 'Special Ed' have won, and taking all the good work that Sesame Workshop are doing and chucking it in the trashcan. I really don't think this is the right impression for us, as Henson fans to be giving to the rest of the world. I respect that it's the webmasters decision on how the site is managed, but if the forum is supposed to be representative of Henson fans then i don't think they should be censored on a topic they care about, and as a Henson fan i feel it's important to speak out. Also to Cory's (now second round of) comments on how Toughpigs is supposed to be the controversial forum - there is absolutely NOTHING that has been written anywhere that states that Muppet Central has to be warm and fuzzy, and that Toughpigs has to be controversial and cranky. We've had plenty of controversial threads here that have been debated sensibly such as 'Muppets and Christianity' a few years ago that touched on all kinds of things. Just because we mention homosexuals, aids, HIV and abortion doesn't mean that every thread has to be closed down and we be diverted back to the action figures (especially as VERY few people seem to have questions now until the next wave is released). As a longtime member, i hope Muppet Central can be about a little more than that, and i hope there will be other openings for us to talk about controversial issues that are directly associated with the Muppets/Henson. Overall the site has been pretty good about handling these things in the past, and seeing as it is about the Henson Company and related companies - when those companies directly put themselves in the spotlight on these issues i don't feel they particularly want the main audience to run away and bury their head in the sand !