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  •  I was watching Sesame Street (9+ / 0-)

    when I was 14; I baby-sat my two oldest nieces (5 and 3) for one summer while my sister was taking college classes during the day, and that's what they were watching.

    The beauty of Sesame Street is that it works on multiple levels; parents can watch with their kids and don't feel like they're hemorrhaging brain cells. And when you look at the celebrities who appeared on the show -- everyone from REM to Goo Goo Dolls to Buffy Sainte-Marie to James Gandolfini -- well, it was obviously the Cool Place To Be.

    As for Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans...well, I watched for years and never saw any sort of sexual subtext. Maybe these people have been reading too much Freud and not laughing enough. (And I learned how to spell Massachusetts from the good Captain!)

    The worst part is all these people see friendships and immediately think "GAY!!!!" -- I've even seen that in YouTube comments on clips of Lord of the Rings, mostly involving Frodo and Sam which might be one of the best stories of friendship ever. I think this preoccupation with sex on the part of some on the Right has harmed our culture, as too many men are afraid to form close friendships with anyone out of fear they'll be seen as "gay".

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 11:43:41 AM PDT

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      The first time I went to a friend's house and saw his little brothers watching that crap, instead of Popeye , the Three Stooges, Bugs Bunny, et al, I chided them on watching such gay material. None of them watched Mr. Rogers, because he was kinda faggy, and we all had our doubts about Captain Kangaroo and Mr Greenjeans, but this was just too banal and childish for even their 7 and 8 year old minds.
       There has always been a gay culture at PBS and the local WNET.
      Captain Kangaroo was never on WNET.  The Captain Kangaroo Show aired on WCBS/2 in New York, not WNET/13.  In case the bigots are wondering, Wonderama aired on WNEW/5.

      Sigline? What Sigline?

      by Khun David on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 02:15:38 PM PDT

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      •  Captain Kangaroo (1+ / 0-)
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        Khun David

        was a CBS show, back in the days when the networks and local stations did kids programming outside of Saturday mornings. Mornings was "Captain Kangaroo" and "Romper Room" -- afternoons was "Mayor Art" and one with a "astronaut" that I forget the name (I want to say "Captain Spaceman" but I don't think that was it).

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 05:16:42 PM PDT

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