WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Sesame Street introduced a new family featuring two gay fathers during Pride month.
- On Thursday’s “Family Day” episode, the show featured Dave and his husband, Frank and their daughter named Mia.
- In 2018, the Sesame workshop tweeted, “Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance.”
Iconic children’s show Sesame Street decided to celebrate Pride Month by introducing a new family with two gay dads.
During Thursday’s episode called “Family Day,” the show featured two gay dads, Frank (Alex Weisman) and Dave (the brother of Nina, played by Chris Costa), and their daughter, Mia (Olivia Perez).
Alan Muraoka, who currently plays the owner of Hooper’s Store on the show, directed the milestone episode. It shows Big Bird being surprised by his neighborhood family.
Muraoka, who says he was “honored and humbled” to have directed such a very special episode, shared the happy news on social media.
“Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family. Happy Pride to all!!!!,” he shared on Facebook.
“The ‘Family Day’ episode of Sesame Street sends the simple and important message that families come in all forms and that love and acceptance are always the most important ingredients in a family,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis tells Yahoo Entertainment. “Frank and Dave, as Mia’s dads, are the latest characters in an undeniable trend of inclusion across kids & family programming, one that allows millions of proud LGBTQ parents, and our children, to finally get to see families like ours reflected on TV.”
This isn’t the first time Sesame Street has showed support for the LGBTQ community.
During a Father’s Day episode in June 2017, Elmo talked about what the holiday was about. In that “Elmo’s World” segment, the narrator acknowledges same-sex parents by saying, “You might have a stepdad, or even two dads.”
In August of the same year, the “Letter of the Day” segment in the episode “Hello, Rudy” used the word “family” for the letter “F.” In that episode, one child said “I love my moms” before getting kissed by both of her moms.
The long-time running children’s show has stood up for gender equality throughout the decades. Sesame Street has featured several ‘out’ celebrities on the show — including Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Eichner, Billy Porter and recently Lil Nas X.
Most viewers have a positive response, but there will always be those few who are anti-LGBTQ. Porter, who made an appearance on the show in February 2020, responded to the homophobic attacks that came after it.
“If you don’t like it, don’t watch it,” Porter told Page Six at the time. “What about me singing with a penguin [on the show] has anything to do with what I’m doing in my bedroom?”
“The really interesting thing for me is that that’s what it’s all about when it comes to LGBTQ people — the first thing everyone wants to talk about is how we having sex,” Porter added. “Stay out of my bedroom and you will be fine — that is none of your business.”
Source: Yahoo! News