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Everybody Calm Down About HBO’s ‘Sesame Street’ Deal

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When The New York Times reported the details of a new deal between HBO and the Sesame Workshop yesterday, in which the pay cable network will fund the iconic children’s program for five years in exchange for limited exclusivity of new episodes, the immediate reactions were mostly of the jokey, Game of Thrones/#TrueDetectiveSeason3 variety. But as the news spread, objections that the move “feels wrong” grew louder, and predictably enough, the thinkpiece parade began.
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10 Notorious Kids TV-Show Controversies

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The proverb that a child’s mind is like a sponge can be as much a source of wonder as of vexation. Unlike primetime sitcoms and hour-long dramas on HBO, viewers tend to agree that children’s television must be driven by a higher purpose, and must deliver the right message. As a result, even when the programming seems lighthearted and beyond the reach of politics, the debate about kids TV can verge on bitter acrimony, whether it’s a show about neighborhood kids who love to share (“socialist propaganda”) or a hero who delivers the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants (“promotes colonialism”). Concerned parents and uninvolved critics have always had something to say about the culture kids are exposed to. After the jump, inspired by the news that a Russian kids’ show was pulled off the air after a joke about Putin’s divorce, are a few controversies that have arisen in recent memory.
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10 Bizarre Political Ads We Can’t Believe Are Real

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Chile’s first shot at Oscar gold comes in the form of a comedy-drama that revisits the marketing campaign that helped oust Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988. Directed by Pablo Larrain, No stars Mexican heartthrob Gael Garcia Bernal as René, a hotshot ad guy enlisted by the opposition to spearhead the “No” (that is, anti-Pinochet) campaign. Employing rainbows, imagery you’d find in 1980s Pepsi commercials, and the tagline “Chile, happiness is on its way,” the opposition’s ridiculously lightweight messaging appears to convince the country’s majority that “no” is the way to go.
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