Julia, a Girl Muppet With Autism, Makes the Move to TV’s ‘Sesame Street’
The Spokesman-Review ^ | MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
Posted on 03/20/2017 11:47:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted.
That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes – and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, which too often is the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang.
Look: On this friendliest of streets (actually Studio J at New York’s Kaufman Astoria Studios, where “Sesame Street” lives) Julia is about to play a game with Oscar, Abby and Grover. In this scene being taped for airing next season, these Muppet chums have been challenged to spot objects shaped like squares or circles or triangles.
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On the one hand, I’m autistic and I wish that there was better understanding while I was growing up.
On the other hand, I can’t help but be concerned that this is going to be SO politically correct and do way more harm than good.
I wonder when we’ll see “survivor of botched abortion baby” muppet and LGBTXYZFFS muppet. There could thousands of potentially protected class muppets. Christian Bakery Couple Muppet, Satanist High School Kid, etc. Take a stab at it.
Well, the Muppets on Sesame Street already have mental illness anyway. Ernie is manic, Bert is depressive, Big Bird is arrested development, Oscar is a compulsive hoarder, Cookie Monster has a severe eating disorder, Count is obsessive-compulsive, Grover is borderline psychotic, Elmo is… well, Elmo. Might as well throw an autistic into the lot.
To: Ciaphas Cain
I love this comment.
Can you tell me how to get – how to get away from Sesame Street.
I think it’s a good idea, so long as there is not too much attention lavished on it. Most autistic adults and young people I know wish to mix in with the public as much as is possible. At least when they are in the mood to socialize, like anybody else.
The only thing I would have done differently at this early stage of the new character, is I would have given her a face with more ‘classically autistic’ features, such as the distinctive eyes and mouth shapes. Many autistic do not have these features I refer to, but some do. These folks and their families have to adjust to and eventually embrace that individual difference. We are all unique in our own way.
Some folks think those with MS are automatically autistic.
Not necessarily so at all.
José, the Illegal Muppet
Janus, the Transexual Muppet
Mohammed, the Jihadi Muppet
Snowflake, the Safe Space Muppet
Hillary, the Parkinson’s Muppet
Elizabeth, the American Indian Muppet
Bernie, the Phony Socialist Muppet
Nancy, the Bug Eyed Muppet
Chuckle, the Self Hating Jew Muppet
Donald, the Winning Muppet
To: lee martell
I know what you mean.
There’s a difference between 1: here’s a person with a mental issue; here’s how she works. Here’s how to be patient and help her fit in. And 2: let’s patronize the hell out of this poor widdle victim.
you know the best show ever for understanding kids that are different mentally and socially is “The Middle”….they featured “Brick” a socially awkward, physically different kid and its so funny yet touching and revealing…it shows him with his other “outcasts”..the boy who speaks very loud, the boy who meows like a cat, the boy who obsesses with his white socks….
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