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PBS President Has Not ‘Ruled Out’ HIV-Positive Muppet for Sesame Street
PBS President Pat Mitchell on Friday told the Television Critics Association that she has not "ruled out" an HIV-positive Muppet for the U.S. version of Sesame Street, AP/Yahoo! News reports (Elber, AP/Yahoo! News, 7/27). Earlier this month, Sesame Workshop officials announced that the South African version of Sesame Street would feature an HIV-positive "monster Muppet" (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/12). Mitchell said the character would be introduced on South Africa's "Takalani Sesame" because millions of South African children are affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and because the South African government has called for more HIV/AIDS education for children. Although Mitchell had previously said in response to criticism by some members of Congress that no HIV-positive Muppet was planned for the U.S. version of the show, she added that the show would be "as responsive as it has been to other topics" if HIV/AIDS became "a more serious problem" for U.S. children, according to AP/Yahoo! News (AP/Yahoo! News, 7/27).
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