Millionaire frozen-food heir Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson unleashed an unhinged rant on his Fox News show Tuesday evening attacking Elmo for participating in a Sesame Street special explaining George Floyd protests to children.
Sesame Street and CNN teamed up for an educational special this weekend titled Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism to talk to kids and adults about racism and the ongoing nationwide protests amid George Floyd’s death.
The hour-long special was moderated by Big Bird, CNN political commentator Van Jones and national correspondent Erica Hill. Coming Together began with Elmo and his dad, Louie, having a deep conversation about what racism is and what the protests mean.
“Daddy, Elmo doesn’t understand. What’s happening, why are these people together,” he asked, as his father told him they are protesting. “Protest? Elmo doesn’t understand. What’s a protest?”
As he explained what that means, Elmo asked if the people were sad, to which Louie replied, “Yes.”
“They are sad and upset, and they have every right to be Elmo. People are upset because racism is a huge problem in our country,” Louie continued, before explaining what racism means. “Racism is when people treat other people unfairly because of the way they look or the color of their skin. Not all streets are like Sesame Street. On Sesame Street, we all love and respect one another. Across the country, people of color, especially in the black community, are being treated unfairly because of how they look, their culture, race and who they are.”
“What we are seeing is people saying, ‘Enough is enough.’ They want to end racism,” Louie added.
“Not all streets are like Sesame Street. … What we are seeing is people saying 'enough is enough.' They want to end racism.”@Elmo’s dad Louie explains why people are protesting across the US. https://t.co/icV04F4FNW #CNNSesameStreet pic.twitter.com/1efrMAzZ8V
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“It’s a children’s show,” Carlson told his viewers. “Got that, Bobby?”
“America is a very bad place and it’s your fault,” he continued. “So, no matter what happens, no matter what they do to you when you grow up, you have no right to complain. That’s the message and it starts very young.”