October #85 : Mup Roar - by Josh Sparber and Danielle Zielinski

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues




Table of Contents

Tough Act to Swallow

Worlds Collide

Alone on the Range

Two-Timin' Man

New Head, Same Hydra?

Mup Roar

Land of Oz

Merger Mania

AZT Fraud?

Off The Cuffs

Red Scare

Hardish Times

Fatwa Skinny

What's In A...?

Epis Appeal

Mining for Meaning

Losing Control

No Guest List

Hep Hooray

Home Remedy

Did You Hear?

Status Seeking

Editor's Letter

Mailbox

Obituaries

Sins of Transmission

Porn Again



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


email print

October 2002

Mup Roar

by Josh Sparber and Danielle Zielinski

Did she get it from Grover? We may never find out. Despite a rumor that launched a week-long media Mup-roar in July, an HIV positive Muppet new to South Africa's Takalani Sesame will not be debuting on the show's U.S. counterpart this season. But PBS head Pat Mitchell would not permanently rule out telling the Muppet how to get to Sesame Street, despite Oscar-caliber GOP grouches flexing their public-TV-funding muscles in a letter to PBS, tsk-tsking that "what may be fitting for viewers...in South Africa...may not be...for children in the U.S."

HIV positive parents in the U.S., such as Pamela Curry of Dallas, Texas, called the move nothing but an "attempt at tactical, strong arm censorship" -- after all, the 5-year-old female Muppet won't be opening a needle exchange or playing with any rubbers other than ducky. "I've known kids that have lost parents...and kids ask questions," Curry said. "By hiding it, they're only going to keep the stigma of the disease going." The signers, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, did not return POZ's calls. But a rep for Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) conceded that he did not know whether his boss would be willing to be photographed hugging or kissing an HIV-infected Muppet.

In related cute-critter-with-HIV news, a recent episode of Showtime's post-PC Queer Duck cartoon featured HIV Possum's funeral: To Openly Gator's "Why him?" La Duck snidely quacks, "Maybe because he was a condom-hating, intravenous drug user with a Haitian boyfriend."

On neither brouhahas did Tinky Winky have comment.




[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar


    chrisf
    san jose
    California


    soy_Ric
    Rochester
    New York


    cortaza100
    Oakland
    California


    RayOctober
    Richmond
    Virginia
Click here to join POZ Personals!
Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Are you a regular coffee drinker?

Yes
No

Survey
Pop Watch

more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.