“C” apparently is no longer for Cookie.

Cookie Monster has started counting his calories.

Maybe I should start over. In an effort to promote healthier eating, Cookie Monster is adding fruits and vegetables to his daily gorge-fest of cookies.

Am I the only person who has a problem with this?

Don’t get me wrong; I’m certainly not against healthy eating. Heaven only knows I should probably eat a few more fruits and vegetables (and drink less Dr Pepper, and more water … but I digress). Come on, though — the Cookie Monster? Having him eat fruits and vegetables takes away his basic essence. Without cookies he is merely The Monster, like many nameless, faceless creatures before him. It was the cookies that made him stand out from the Muppet crowd. That’s why we loved him. He couldn’t control himself around a plate of cookies.

I don’t think it is so much the idea of Cookie Monster eating fruits that bothers me. I think it is the fact that we as a society are now starting to change iconic shows because we are concerned about what children are eating. Or doing. Or wearing. Or saying. And on and on. I think you get my point.

Before parents everywhere attack me, I should probably state that I, too, am a parent of a 6-year-old boy. And he, like every other child in America, likes cookies. But honestly, who doesn’t? So I watch what goes into his mouth.

Huh. Maybe that’s the key right there.

I watch what goes into his mouth.

Has parenting today gotten so lackadaisical that we have to make sure TV shows are all parenting/kid/PC-friendly so when we want to turn the parent switch off and the TV on we can do so without guilt? My mom never had that luxury. Cookie Monster could eat all the cookies he wanted to, and my mom would limit my intake to about three.

So “C” used to stand for “Cookie”; now I guess it stands for … “Celery”? Does the song even work with that word in it?

I don’t think I want to know how to get to Sesame Street anymore.

— Ann Smith

Tribune Staff

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