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Twitter Reacts To Tucker Carlson Attacking 'Sesame Street's Elmo

By Kristy Puchko | Social Media | June 10, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Social Media | June 10, 2020 |


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Yup, 2020 just won’t stop being horrible and stupid. So, naturally Fox News blowhard Tucker Carlson has targeted Elmo in his latest tirade against Black Lives Matter. You might wonder, ‘How? Why? What? Huh?’ Yeah. Let’s break it down.

Earlier this week, CNN released a Sesame Street special designed to aid parents in explaining the nationwide BLM protests to their children. Coming Together: Standing Up To Racism was an hour-long town hall that aired Saturday morning. Among the guests were CNN political commentator Van Jones, CNN national correspondent Erica Hill, Atlanta mayor Keisha Bottoms, Jennifer Harvey and Beverly Daniel Tatum, authors of parenting books that discuss white privilege, as well as Sesame Street residents Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Big Bird, Elmo and his dad Louie. It was this last pairing’s segment that outraged Carlson.

In the clip below, Louie explains to his young son what a protest is and why people are protesting right now.

Here’s the clip from Coming Together: Standing Up To Racism:

Here’s how Carlson responded:

“It’s a children’s show,” Carlson scowls, “Got that, Bobby? America is a very bad place and it’s your fault. So no matter what happens, no matter what they do to you when you grow up, you have no right to complain.”

How was that Carlson’s takeaway from the Sesame Street clip? Because he’s a white supremacist who sees any threat against the status quo of police brutality against black and brown bodies as a threat to his cozy privilege and presumed superiority.

Anyway, here’s how Twitter responded:

Finally, from Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

With racist icons being toppled around the world, maybe Carlson could be next?

Source: CNN, Twitter




Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.



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