Sesame Street was proud to announce a recent change in their beloved children’s show, introducing some incredibly politically correct adaptations. However, the controversial unveiling Thursday of their plans for next season may have parents boycotting the timeless broadcast.
Instead of sticking with basic education like numbers, the alphabet, and the occasional sing-along about treating others with kindness, the adored children’s program is kicking off their near 50-year run with perhaps the most threatening indoctrination yet. One-upping controversial episodes on topics including HIV, death, and Katy Perry’s barely-there wardrobe, the puppet-laden television show just gave our children a heaping spoonful of Islamic propaganda.
Breitbart reports that social media was abuzz after Sesame Street introduced their newest member of the Muppet gang, a hijab-wearing Afghani girl named Zari. The show unveiled the Muslim character, who they claim was created to teach kids about “girl empowerment” and “social and emotional well-being.”
“Sesame Street has done more to educate and entertain than any other children’s program in Afghanistan,” said Saad Mohseni, the president of the MOBY group, which airs numerous TV programs for Afghani children. “We are especially delighted about the introduction of Zari to Baghch-e-Simsim, which reflects Sesame’s commitment to the country and the show’s positive impact here.”
Although Zari will only be featured on season 5 of Baghch-e-Simsim, the Afghan version of the show, the creation is further proof of the religious and political turn the popular kids’ program is taking.
Until just a few years ago, the burka was mandatory in Afghanistan. What was once a thriving democracy decades ago became an oppressive Islamic state under the Taliban, forcing women to cover everything but their eyes, in accordance with Sharia law. Now, women are finally banding together to contest the compulsory hijab, but Zari isn’t teaching little girls anything about this.
Having a Muslim woman teach young girls about female empowerment is like having a slave teach a free people about emancipation. How can one who is still chained speak of freedom? There is no personal experience to backup their claims. Even more so, they are the definition of a bound servant who believes they are free.
It’s ironic that some Muslim women claim that wearing the hijab is a choice, while their sisters living under Islamic law understand that the only choice they have is choose to wear the hijab or suffer the consequences.
Women under Sharia law are forced to cover their hair, remain indoors unless in the presence of a male relative, and provide at least 3 male witnesses to testify for them if they are raped. Too often this backwards legislation results in victims being fined, lashed, imprisoned, or executed. Where is their choice? Where is their empowerment?
Instead of lecturing a free nation that possibly holds women to the highest value of independence, that feminism can afford without likewise oppressing their male counterparts, Muslim women should be “empowering” their oppressed sisters in Islamic countries to defy the law that says they don’t have a choice about the hijab.
Instead of educating young girls who rightfully have no shame of their bodies, nor do they find themselves responsible for men’s lust, Muslim women should unapologetically be demonstrating en masse for the women who have been sentenced, raped, and honor killed by fellow Muslims for “choosing” not to wear the hijab.
In a religious group that boasts over 14 million black slaves to this day, it is an insult to our progressive culture and governance that we should value the 7th-century practices that require women to cover their hair, faces, and even their very identity, much less encourage our daughters to embrace this self-hatred and misogyny. Never before has a slave been freed by convincing others that their chains are by choice.
Via Mad World News