Meet Julia, Sesame Street‘s autistic muppet
Sesame Street continues its progressive mission to turn tots into politically correct, emphatic individuals with high ethics. Nice.
She’s a shy and winsome 4-year-old, with manic panic red hair and big green eyes. Julia likes to paint, pick flowers and analyze butterflies. When she speaks, she often echoes what she’s just heard her friends Abby and Elmo say. Julia is super-sweet, and she has autism. She is the latest character to teach young viewers about diversity and mental health, and that’s a great thing. The show also famously had a garbage eating, badly coiffed, chaos-causing muppet called Donald Grump back in 2005, after he started prattling about de-funding PBS, Sesame Street‘s parent network/broadcaster, which is partially funded by tax payers. There was also Zari, a 6-year-old Afghan girl with a multi-colored wig to bring attention to multi-culturalism. And Alex, a muppet whose father was in prison — making the character relatable to more than 2.7 million American children who had a parent in jail or prison at the time. And don’t forget Kami, Sesame Street‘s first HIV-positive muppet in the early 2000s, taking on a starring role in the show’s offshoots in South Africa and Nigeria, where the program aimed to break a stigma around HIV and AIDS. Hmm, history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. Go Sesame Street!
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