Sesame Street tackles topic of divorce
UNDATED (WHDH) -- From Big Bird to Snuffleupagus, loveable characters so familiar, they almost feel like family. And when it comes to family, Sesame Street has tackled just about everything from marriage to death. But the touchy topic of divorce is one that kept off the street, until now.
It's called Big Feeling, where for the first time we learn that fairy character Abbey Cadabbey's parents live apart.
The episode won't air on television; it's online only and are specifically targeted for parents trying to help their kids cope with a divorce.
Experts say it’s important for families to address the sensitive subject.
“I think it really creates a great vehicle for parents and kids to be able to sit down in the comfort of their own homes, watch the videos online, and really be able to talk about things.”
In 1992, Sesame Street tried to tackle the tough topic, producers scripted and shot a show about Snuffleupagus's parents divorcing, when they tested it with preschoolers some were upset and even cried. So it never aired.
“We've always had a social component where we tried to really address the things that are concerning kids' lives.”
Twenty years later the new online episode is now creating a lot of buzz. But not everyone's pleased. One woman tweeting, "have our morals finally declined so much that we need Sesame Street to teach our kids about divorce? So sad."
But overall, most seem happy. With comments like, "very appropriate way to deal with a painful subject." and, "it's a long time coming" - the old gang has a new street that they're finally heading down.