washingtonpost.com - 64 days ago
Trump wants to defund PBS. ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied him for decades.
Since the 1980s, 'Sesame Street' has featured a few greedy, grouchy characters who have had names like Ronald Grump and Donald Grump.
Here's a look at the three of them. (Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post) You should know a couple of things before we embark on a recap of “Sesame Street’s” surprisingly vicious takedowns of Donald Trump, which span three decades leading up to his political rise. First: Trump is most often depicted as a grouch — unpleasant monsters who base their culture and economy around garbage. So when “Donald Grump” appears in a 2005 episode as a badly toupeed muppet “whose name equals trash,” that’s not necessarily an insult. The other thing is that Trump, as president of the United States, wants to end public television funding that created “Sesame Street” — more often known for lessons on counting and sharing than biting satire. [The 19 agencies that Trump’s budget would kill, explained] There are only three known episodes in which the character “Grump” appears, each time playing the villain in a moral allegory. Whenever Grump visits Sesame Street, chaos is not far behind.
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