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The Cookie Monster Gave Up His Cookies

Speak Up: Cookie Monster Tossed His Cookies

After my recent poll about mall Santas being forced to lose weight, I was reminded of how in 2005, the folks behind Sesame Street decided that the beloved Cookie Monster needed to kick his cookie habit. Did you know that "C is for Cookie" has been replaced by the slightly less catchy "A Cookie Is a Sometimes Food"?

The Cookie Monster is not the only one who cleaned up his act: Elmo now exercises, and Big Bird washes his hands more. I'm surprised they haven't stuck Oscar the Grouch in a recycling bin and gotten Count von Count to see a shrink for his obsessive compulsive disorder.

I never warmed up to this idea. I loved the cookie monster growing up, and I can't say that it ever inspired me to eat as many cookies (along with inedible objects) as I could, but that is just me. What do you guys think about this? Do you think that changes such as making Santa skinny or taking cookies away from monsters will actually help to lower the rate of childhood obesity? Or do you think they should go ahead and give the Cookie Monster back his cookies?


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Curlock-Holmes Curlock-Holmes 6 years
How about parents quit putting the responsibility of teaching their kids healthy eating habits on things like Santa and the cookie monster... NO CHILD IS MAKING THOSE CONNECTIONS! And your kids aren't getting any skinnier sitting in front of the TV singing 'Cookies are a sometimes food'.
hollowstar hollowstar 9 years
Kids can't eat cookies if the parents don't buy cookies. Cookie monster definitely never made me want to eat cookies. I was even C Monster for Halloween once! My mom always prepared meals - always including vegetables, even if she had to mix them into the spaghetti - and would scold my dad if he brought home fast food too often. Parents are what cause obesity in kids. Your kid might eat out with friends or at school, but the majority of meals they are still eating at home.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
tlsgirl makes an excellent point: what is Cookie Monster supposed to eat if not cookies? Is he even capable of digesting other foods? Different animals are suppoesd to eat different foods. Cows eat grass, squirrels eat nuts, cookie monsters eat cookies. That's just a law of nature!
jamie-elizabeth jamie-elizabeth 9 years
um, my three year old brother watches sesame street (or elmo, as he likes to call it.. and these are the old ones me and my sisters and brother used to watch) all the time, and he sings with the cookie monster, cookie, cookie, cookie, that's good enough for meee, and he never ever says I WANT A COOKIE!!! ever. he actually gets up and dances. and seriously, how lame is "A cookie is a sometimes food."? you might as well go ahead and give him celery sticks and carrots!
tglynn tglynn 9 years
*sniff* I grew up watching sesame street, and never once was I tempted to devour cookies just because I saw it on tv. If we're going to start pointing fingers for childhood obesity, blame it on video games being more popular than playing outside with friends. Give the adorable monster his cookies back.
Elizabeth1981 Elizabeth1981 9 years
Cookies ARE a sometimes food though.
GradGrl75 GradGrl75 9 years
This is funny because me & my friends were discussing this the other day. I grew up watching the cookie monster, and used to roll around laughing at his antics. Sure I was a little chunky growing up, but that was because I liked to read and wasn't big on going outside to play. People are just trying to become so PC that is life even fun anymore? I wish I was 8 years old again when life was so simple...
steen steen 9 years
This is annoying to me. He's just a character! He's not supposed to be someone's parent. Parents are the ones who buy the cookies and give them out. People seem to be overreacting more and more to every little thing!
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Oh Please!!! Give the kids a cookie once in a while... Just teach them healthy eating habits... and look at the Cookie Monster - is that a shape to strive for? Put him up as an example of overindulging in anything.
Buffy2103 Buffy2103 9 years
Stupid! Just another way for people to blame their problems on someone/something else. I agree, give Cookie Monster his cookies back! And let Santa be fat and jolly, skinny Santa just doesn't work for me.
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
The talk about making Santa skinny frankly pisses me off. Imagine all the songs and poems we'd have to change referring to his bowl full of jelly. And as people here have mentioned- it's not the people at Sesame Street who are feeding children, it's their parents. You can have the Broccoli monster sing about greens, but it doesn't mean the parents will feed them that, either. Give the puppet back his cookies.
merymery merymery 9 years
This is beyond stupid.
bonbonfay bonbonfay 9 years
A better idea would be to give school lunches a makeover and quit classifying french fries as a vegetable (potato) and heavy syrup fruit cocktail (void of most nutrition) a fruit.
bonbonfay bonbonfay 9 years
Sesame Street is no substitue for good parenting. Parents need to step up and focus on their children and their health and quit blaming everyone else. There will always be outside influences contradicting what a parent has told their child - the foundation just has to be stronger than to be swayed by Sesame Street or Santa Clause. Lazy parents need to get off their duff and take some RESPONSIBILITY!
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
Yes, taking cookies away from a puppet on a TV show is surely the way to conquer childhood obesity. I mean, it's not like the junk food in the kids' house or the video games they play in lieu of exercise have anything to do with it. Nope...they get fat from watching a blue puppet eat cookies. It has everything to do with the parents. I whined about wanting McDonalds just like any other kid--it doesn't mean I always got it. I wanted the sugary cereals, too, but my parents bought granola. I wanted white bread and pizza like all my friends, but it was wheat bread and things like grilled chicken and veggies in my house. Parents today need to grow a backbone and be parents. Part of being responsible means not always being popular with your kids. Making sure they eat nutrious food and get some form of exercise is crucial to their health, and you'd think it would be more of a priority. P.S. I ADORED Cookie Monster as a kid. I even had a Cookie Monster doll. I was not obese, it never made me want to eat tons of cookies (and if it had, again, that's where PARENTING comes in), and I'm still not obese to this day.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
This whole thing is so stupid. Kids don't blindly follow the diet of television monsters. They get their eating habits from their parents. I was a fat child because my parents are fat adults who let me eat whatever I wanted as a kid and didn't even bother to warn me that eating all that junk could make me fat. I was fat because my parents were stupid, not because cookie monster told me to eat cookies!
GibsonGIrl GibsonGIrl 9 years
"C is for cookie, that's good enough for me" It's good enough for me too. It's ridiculous trying to change cookie monstor and blame pupets for a lack of good parenting. And the Santa thing, he's been fat for centuries. Why change it? Besides, it's discriminating against plump people. There are many reasons people are overweight and it frustrated me how blindly and harshly they are judged. It's getting so that it's almost like being racist or sexist. So sad.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
lmao @ Ashlyn! soo true...cookie monster does look a little crazy.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
this effing ridiculous! When I see overweight kids I don't think " damn that cookie monster!!!" I think of their parents feeding them fried chicked and many other unhealthy foods. TV characters should not be the ones educating our children about anything! point period, it is the parents JOB to teach their kids right from wrong. If cookie monster tells ur kids to eat 45 cookies a day, its your JOB to make sure they dont and educate them why its bad for them! Hey, I'd love my kids to grow up speaking spanish - but its not Dora the Explorer's JOB to do make sure that happens. Thier your kids; YOU should raise them. Monsters and cartoon characters have nothing to do with it.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 9 years
This is just ridiculous! Does any child really see Cookie Monster as a role model? It's not even like Sesame Street portrays eating cookies as "cool", since Cookie Monster is a crazy looking puppet with an obvious addiction and not at all what kids want to be like when they grow up.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I watched Sesame Street when I was a little kid and Cookie Monster never really made me crave cookies or anything. I always actually wondered how a puppet could eat cookies. I figured he never really ATE the cookies; he just crumbled them up and got crumbs everywhere. What makes kids obese is not seeing Cookie Monster eating cookies, it's a lifestyle of playing too many video games and not playing outside/being physically active enough. Combine that with a diet of highly processed foods and too many sodas and juice and kids will get fat. When I was a kid, our parents let us play outside where we would ride our bikes, play hopscotch/jump rope, have races, climb trees, etc. And if it was raining, we'd rollerskate in the basement or something. We definitely had to be creative when we played because we didn't have video games or cable TV to keep us entertained.
jferringer jferringer 9 years
I think this is so stupid and just another example of people trying to blame someone other than themselves and poor habits. Neither Santa nor cookie monster is making America fat.
HappyKate HappyKate 9 years
I think that it is a sad day when the Cookie Monster can no longer be the cookie monster. Parents need to start taking responsibility, lets stop making our childhood friends like Santa and the Cookie Monster 'P.C.' in the place of using common sense.
aragornrain aragornrain 9 years
I just have to say that the phrase "a cookie is sometimes food" is hilarious. Actually made me laugh out loud.
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