This one is a bit hypocritical since I loved Sesame Street as a kid, but, seriously - What the heck is with little kids and Elmo? I don't get it. He's a furry red monster, he's a dude who talks like a lady in the third-person (ex. "Elmo LOVES jumping. It's Elmo's favorite thing!"), he has used his crayon (which he sings about in his opening number) to color a room, a TV, a window, a door, a table with a drawer. I mean, does this guy's imagination suck or what? Couldn't he at least color himself a room on a spaceship or something? Sorry, I digress. Where was I... Oh, yeah. He has a goldfish named Dorothy with whom he is telepathically connected, he ends every episode with the same song tune (Jingle Bells) with the word of the day substituted (Jump Jump Jump, Jump Jump Jump, Jump Jump Jump Jump Juuump!), he has a creepy, mute neighbor who pantomimes everything (who, by the way, is 30 years old, and when kids ask him, "Can you jump, Mr. Noodle?" he immediately starts running in circles or picking his nose or something. Who doesn't know how to jump? Who is this guy's mother? And is it really nice to giggle at something that someone that stupid does? Where are those PC Human Rights Activists when you need them?), and all of Elmo's drawn-on appliances talk to him and move and dance in some strange way. Oh, and here's the real kicker- each and every episode of Elmo's World, Elmo asks a baby about whatever topic he has landed on that day. A baby. It goes something like this (every single time):
Elmo: "Oh, hello baby."
Baby: Blank stare off-camera. Slight drool coming out of mouth.
Elmo: Giggles. "Baby, can you show Elmo how you jump?"
Baby: Blank stare intensifies. Handler off-camera most-likely jiggling rattle or making peek-a-boo face to keep baby from looking at creepy talking red monster and screaming his/her head off.
Elmo: Giggles. "Aww. Thank you baby! Give Elmo a kiss!"
Baby: Drools on Elmo's furry red mouth (do they wash Elmo in between taping?). Baby will then repress the last 5 seconds in his/her memory until mid-life crisis therapy session reveals severe aversion to shag carpet texture and felt orange noses.
Who came up with this guy? I just don't get it. I love that Avery loves him, though, and continue to check out all of the episodes of Elmo's World that our library has. But if anyone would like to explain this to me, I would really appreciate it.