A conservative union chairman has called out PBS and proposed to defund the network after its children’s show “Sesame Street” introduced its first-ever Asian American Muppet early this week.
What happened: Matt Schlapp, the president of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), took to Twitter on Monday to criticize PBS and “Sesame Street” for introducing Ji-young, a 7-year-old Korean American Muppet.
“What race is Ernie is Bert? You are insane PBS and we should stop funding you.” https://t.co/iHyGYJvG5l
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) November 15, 2021
- “What race is Ernie is Bert? You are insane PBS and we should stop funding you,” Schlapp tweeted.
- Although the popular American children’s show has already featured Asian Americans in the past, such as Alan Muraoka, who played shopkeeper Alan, Ji-young will make history as the series’ first Asian American Muppet since its inception in 1969.
The reaction: Many social media users quickly called out Schlapp’s comment about a puppet on a children’s TV show.
I’m not a shrink, but if I had to define insanity it would be a grown man demanding to know the race of fictional characters made of styrofoam and felt. pic.twitter.com/INgNmlvDi5
— 2022ElectionsAreNowInProgress (@ClaudiaWheatley) November 17, 2021
Matt Schlapp is calling for PBS funding to stop over a new Asian muppet and I can’t stop laughing at these fragile, pathetic men.
— This Is Fine (@A_Mystery2_me) November 17, 2021
Conservative activist Matt Schlapp thinks PBS should be defunded for Sesame Street adding an Asian-American puppet. But liberals are the snowflakes?!
— Chantal Spurgeon (@GothicBfly) November 17, 2021
matt schlapp thinks kids programming that attempts to address asian hate in america is insane and should be defunded.
’cause matt schlapp’s a gigantic white privileged asshole and hates his country’s growing diversity with a nazi-level passion… https://t.co/s8MbAa18XZ
— christopher michael (@yoyoyodatweets) November 17, 2021
- Another user also shared screenshots of Schlapp’s past social media posts in which he echoed the same anti-Asian remarks Trump used in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Matt Schlapp is the David Duke of Lindsey Grahams.
I really wish he would stop spewing anti-Asian rhetoric on Twitter. The @ACUConservative should not be run by a married couple that spreads racist sentiments on the internet. The Schlapps should resign. pic.twitter.com/BGswde2gLL
— Zack Calhoon (@VisibleSoul) November 17, 2021
Not the first: This was not the first time a conservative has called out “Sesame Street” for teaching children about the values of respect, health and inclusion.
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) criticized Big Bird, one of the show’s most iconic characters, earlier this month after he tweeted about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Government propaganda…for your 5 year old! https://t.co/lKUlomnpq1
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 6, 2021
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