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Sunday, July 14, 2002

 

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Sesame Street to Add HIV-Positive Muppet

The South African version of Sesame Street is in the process of designing an HIV-positive character, who will be a five-year old, female muppet. Roughly 1 in 10 people in South Africa is infected, prompting the need for a character who can teach kids the reality of living with the disease.

What Fell Out of Bunsen's Head, in an unprecedented cyber-interctive-interweb partnership with the Children's Television Workshop, is soliciting suggestions for the new charcter's name. You may vote for the suggestions below or submit your own via e-mail or through the tag-board.

I'll get the ball rolling. Here are my picks:

--Bleedy the Needlehead
--Bye-Bye Baboon [catchphrase: "Don't get to know me, I'll be going bye-bye soon."]
[Does that one make you want to cry? I just did]
--Full-Blown Big Bird
--Infected Needle Prickle Me Elmo
--Youppi
--Boitano



[disclaimer: there is nothing funny about HIV or the AIDS virus. Really.]

[But a muppet?]



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