Sesame Workshop announced yesterday that it will cut 20% of its work force. What? You know times are bad when even the puppets are taking a hit. How is the adorable yet inept Super Grover going to land another superhero gig in this economy? His stint as a waiter was a failure, and that monster label doesn’t help.
Looks like the Count won’t be counting his stacks of money anymore. I’m worried about Bert and Ernie too, though what those guys do exactly is a mystery. Cookie Monster’s made a career of devouring cookies, which strikes me as an excellent job but the first to go in a tough economy. Oscar, seemingly unemployed already, may need to give up that sweet plot of real estate for a cheaper corner. And Big Bird? He’s only six, so his resume is lacking, and he lives in a hood that’s on the decline with no parents to care for him. He could be out on the streets tomorrow, which, I guess for a bird would be fine. Still.
If anyone’s gotta go, I say it should be Elmo. That creep never paid his dues and somehow usurped Grover in popularity in the 80s; I’ve never forgiven him. If heads are gonna roll, I hope one of them is Elmo’s.