BREAKING: Sesame Street announces layoffs

March 12, 2009 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

elmoIt’s official now, folks. We’re finally in a recession. Sesame Workshop (a.k.a. Sesame Street) is laying people off. They’re apparently eliminating 67 of 355 staff positions.

I know, I know. Sesame Street isn’t a real place, you say. It’s a company that has to post a profit and also takes funding from the government and other corporations. Face it: Cookie Monster isn’t real.

I get this. But I can’t help but feel a twinge for something that, as a child, seemed insulated from such things as Ponzi schemes, layoffs, bailouts, tanking stock markets and partisan bickering. Instead, story arcs dealt with Bert’s decision to forego buying paperclips to purchase a soap dish for Ernie, and the death of Mr. Hooper.

Hopefully Sesame Street will weather the economic storm. Imagine having to explain to your child that Elmo is going off the air because the company that produced his show went broke.

On the other hand, perhaps Sesame Street’s writers can start focusing on fiscal responsibility, government accountability and transparency in their future scripts. The U.S. could use a bit more education on these things …

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