New Sesame Street Muppet Is Poor and Hungry
Lily will teach kids about hunger in prime-time special
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2011 2:28 AM CDT
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(Newser) Sesame Street has got a hungry, impoverished new character—and it isn't Oscar the Grouch or the Cookie Monster. Lily, a 7-year-old girl whose family often struggles to get enough to eat, will appear in the show's prime-time special "Growing Hope Against Hunger" this Sunday, reports Entertainment Weekly. The Wal-Mart-sponsored special looks at the issue of hunger, which affects an estimated 17 million Americans.

The special will be hosted by country singer Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberley. "Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children,” the couple said in a statement. “We are honored that Sesame Street, with its long history of tackling difficult issues with sensitivity, caring, and warmth asked us to be a part of this important project."

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Oct 5, 2011 1:26 PM CDT
I'm pretty sure propaganda is the kind of thing that destroys a country's ability to think for itself.
Oct 5, 2011 12:06 PM CDT
I'm sure the Republicans will try to cut funding for this too.
Oct 5, 2011 10:57 AM CDT
Muppet: It's what's for dinner...