Iconic kids' show Sesame Street is bringing back a character that was first introduced in 2011 to talk about the topic of childhood hunger. It seems things have gone from bad to worse.
Lily, a seven-year-old Muppet, is now teaching children about homelessness with a storyline that involves her family having to move in with friends after losing their apartment.
"Lily is the first Muppet we've created whose story line includes that she is experiencing homelessness.
I think we tend to think of homelessness as an adult issue and don't always look at it through the lens of a child, and we realize that Sesame has a unique ability to do that, to look at tough issues with the lens of a child."
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Some folks on Twitter felt there was already a homeless character.
@NBCNews https://t.co/tWQpsz3Yoq— JeremeThomas (@JeremeThomas)1544662447.0
@NBCNews https://t.co/9hGcWogmg3— Egg (@Egg)1544662455.0
@NBCNews What is oscar the grouch...— Aaron Napolitano (@Aaron Napolitano)1544662716.0
@NBCNews .... Oscar...??— Angela Aslaksen (@Angela Aslaksen)1544662664.0
@NBCNews @AdrianaMendez Whst about Grouch?😀— Andy Shelton (@Andy Shelton)1544664062.0
@NBCNews What the shit has Oscar the Grouch been doing this whole time then?— Brian (@Brian)1544662287.0
@NBCNews my mans living in a garbage can since 1969 beloved. https://t.co/xDIGj5bD0p— Simmons and Moore Podcast (@Simmons and Moore Podcast)1544662263.0
@NBCNews This is bullshit, Oscar is homeless.— Michael Godfrey (@Michael Godfrey)1544663729.0
@NBCNews I thought Oscar and "wormy" were.... https://t.co/V3vHNLqlwY— Greg Lamb (@Greg Lamb)1544662328.0
@NBCNews Oscar lived in a trash can for years.— Brook Jolley (@Brook Jolley)1544663259.0
But then someone pointed out...
@NBCNews The Trash Can is Oscar’s home. He’s not homeless. https://t.co/xPUx9GbRmZ— Sir Laffsalot (@Sir Laffsalot)1544663551.0
@cnni Oscar the Grouch, living in a trash can, is not homeless, because he loves trash. This could be the result of… https://t.co/4dEX4h26kl— Larry Gorkin (@Larry Gorkin)1544609580.0
With that cleared up, people could focus on Lily's current situation.
@NBCNews This is amazing and should've been done 30+ years ago. My question: what percentage of children still watc… https://t.co/ox13Nk4ywB— Omid M. (@Omid M.)1544663899.0
@NBCNews It's sad we're at this point. But it's an important topic to teach kids about.— James Winterswolf (@James Winterswolf)1544662311.0
@NBCNews It’s a shame that this is considered “inclusive” and and is now being normalized; You know, rather than pe… https://t.co/azyoTPwzf2— Call me THE DIRTY JOURNALIST (@Call me THE DIRTY JOURNALIST)1544662589.0
@NBCNews excellent - showing the #america that few people want to see or talk about https://t.co/UMMd9JCh3h— Ramana Maharshi (@Ramana Maharshi)1544662549.0
@cnni Sesame Street has always been at their best intentions to introduce awareness to particular social issues good job there 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻— bherna sta.maria (@bherna sta.maria)1544609451.0
@cnni Bravo for engaging the world we live in. Remember the days when all you had to do was teach me to count— Doc Looper (@Doc Looper)1544635103.0
We hope Lily and her family are able to get back on their feet very soon.