Sesame Street Celebrates 50 Years Of Diversity

Axios reports:

“Sesame Street” officially turns 50 this weekend. That’s 50 years of Bert and Ernie, 50 years of Oscar and Big Bird, and 50 years of expanding minds, stretching boundaries, and occasionally stirring up controversy.

Why it matters: As was the original intent, “Sesame Street” has played a huge role in teaching generations of kids not only how to read and count, but also about the world around them.

“It was very important for us to represent a range of races and ethnicities, not only in our human cast but also in our puppet cast,” Sesame Workshop senior VP Rosemarie Truglio said in an interview. “Keep in mind, ‘Sesame Street’ is a very diverse and inclusive neighborhood. We have monsters, we have grouches and we have an eight foot bird.”