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[livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings and I were talking about early R&B songs about unhealthy relationships -- there are kind of a lot. And it reminded me of this Sesame Street routine, which freaked me the fuck out when I was, whatever, five. Which I will now share with you and you should totally watch:





I still find this amazingly creepy. YOU GUYS. THE MUPPET LETTER U IS FEELING UP SMOKEY ROBINSON AND PINNING HIS HANDS TO HIS SIDES. OH GOD. BAD TOUCH.

And they even rewrote the song so that he doesn't seem to like it at all -- in the original, at least he's conflicted? But here he's like "aaah I am being chased by a giant muppet letter U."

I checked out some of the youtube comments, and discovered that other kids about my age found it completely horrifying: there are comments from people who say "I used to hide when this clip showed on Sesame Street" and "this gave me the creeps" and "I always thought the U was trying to choke him!"

In conclusion, this is at least as freaky now as it was when I was five. Who could possibly have thought this was a good idea?

Date: 2009-04-02 05:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pocketmouse
OMG, I distinctly remember this. I think I even mentioned it recently on someone's Sesame Street poll -- probably [livejournal.com profile] cereta? I don't recall what exactly I felt about it. I probably thought it was a little weird, but I don't think I was horrified. Either way, it stuck with me, though.

Date: 2009-04-02 05:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] nextian.livejournal.com
I -- I definitely do not remember ever seeing this, but, wow, the letter U is getting really personal there. That is not friendly touching! That is a relationship Smokey needs to get out of!

Date: 2009-04-02 05:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cereta.livejournal.com
Heee' I just posted a O song in [livejournal.com profile] friendofbigbird that from an adult perspective is a little funny.

Date: 2009-04-02 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sineala.livejournal.com
Clearly I am the target audience, because I remember thinking this was entirely awesome and hilarious when I was five.

It is one of the few things I remember really liking from Sesame Street.

*shrug*

Date: 2009-04-02 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sasha-feather.livejournal.com
I can see how this is funny from an adult's perspective. It reminds me of going over to someone's house or farm and having their dog hump your leg or sniff your crotch and get all in your business. But, uh, this is a lot more disturbing than that.

Date: 2009-04-02 09:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] aelfgyfu-mead.livejournal.com
Oh, my gosh! I have no memory of seeing this at all! Perhaps I blocked it out because it was too traumatic! Just now I've only made it to 1:24 of the 3:13 clip, and I don't plan to watch the rest.

That's deeply disturbing. And I'm afraid I can't even thank you for bringing it to my attention, because I now intend to go away and forget it entirely forever.

Date: 2009-04-03 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livrelibre.livejournal.com
That is classic! It is my strong conviction that a lot of the people on Sesame Street were doing some serious drugs. Sadly, I kind of love it. Sorry for your trauma!

Date: 2009-04-03 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annexensen.livejournal.com
what were they thinking when they made that one?

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