When Mississippi Once Banned Sesame Street

Article Link: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/611570/when-mississippi-banned-sesame-street

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Since it began airing in the fall of 1969, Sesame Street has become an indelible part of millions of children’s formative years. Using a cast of colorful characters like Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, and Oscar the Grouch, along with a curriculum vetted by Sesame Workshop’s child psychologists and other experts, the series is able to impart life lessons and illustrate educational tools that a viewer can use throughout their adolescence. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone—even Oscar—who would take issue with the show’s approach or its mission statement. Yet that’s exactly what happened in early 1970, when a board of educational consultants in Mississippi gathered, polled one another, and decided that Sesame Street was too controversial for television.