‘Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion’
Sesame Street, the decades-old, iconic kids’s present, is celebrating Pride Month in a really particular manner: by introducing a household with two homosexual dads. The episode titled “Family Day” aired on Thursday on HBO Max; and imagine us after we inform you, it’s a can’t-miss.
“Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion,” actor Alan Muroaka, generally known as Alan, the proprietor of Hooper’s Store on Sesame Street, writes on Facebook. “So, I’m so excited to introduce Nina’s Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street.”
In the episode, which is co-directed by Muraoka, Big Bird thinks his grandmother (Granny Bird) can’t make the social gathering, however little does he know, he’s in for a giant shock, due to his neighborhood household.
“It’s Family Day on Sesame Street!” the episode description states. “Relatives from all over are coming to celebrate, but Big Bird thinks his Granny Bird isn’t going make it to the party. Big Bird’s in for a big surprise when his friends work together to bring Granny Bird to the celebration!”
At one level, Nina introduces her brother, his husband, and their niece — performed by Chris Costa, Alex Weisman, and Olivia Perez, respectively — to Elmo as they have a good time Family Day.
“Everybody, I want you to meet my brother, Dave, his husband, Frank, and my sobrina, Mia, my niece,” Nina says.
“Papi! Daddy!” Mia says to her dads. “Sesame Street is even more amazing than you said.”
“I am so honored and humbled to have co-directed this important and milestone episode,” Muraoka says. “Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family. Happy Pride to all!!!!”
According to GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, the “Family Day” episode sends the essential message that households are available in all types — “and that love and acceptance are always the most important ingredients in a family.”
“Frank and Dave, as Mia’s dads, are the latest characters in an undeniable trend of inclusion across kids and family programming, one that allows millions of proud LGBTQ parents, and our children, to finally get to see families like ours reflected on TV,” Ellis says.
The ‘Family Day’ episode of Sesame Street sends the easy and necessary message that households are available in all types and that love and acceptance are at all times an important components in a household. https://t.co/vpu64aEurS
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) June 18, 2021
This isn’t the primary time Sesame Street has embraced range on its present this 12 months.
In March, Sesame Street launched two Black muppets to the present encourage racial literacy and assist households in chatting with their children about race and racism. The particular, The ABCs of Racial Literacy, was a part of Coming Together, Sesame Workshop’s persevering with program devoted to racial justice.
“At Sesame Workshop, we look at every issue through the lens of a child. Children are not colorblind — not only do they first notice differences in race in infancy, but they also start forming their own sense of identity at a very young age,” Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President, Sesame Workshop stated in a press launch on the time.
I dunno why, however this made me weepy. Sesame Street is a ravishing strategy to impart these necessary messages. https://t.co/9k5IfN1FJ2
— Wookiee Boogie (@WookieeBoogie) March 25, 2021
Betancourt added that The ABCs of Racial Literacy is designed to foster open, age-appropriate conversations amongst households and assist them in constructing racial literacy.
“By encouraging these much-needed conversations through Coming Together, we can help children build a positive sense of identity and value the identities of others,” Betancourt stated.