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April 9, 2010

Introducing KAMI!

Filed under: Uncategorized — taddaniels @ 6:58 am

Kami, the muppet

Kami is the newest muppet on the block on Sesame Street. Most of you are probably thinking, how does this relate to the normal HIV/AIDS discussion and news that I normally bring to the board. Well, Kami is the first and only HIV positive muppet. That’s right a muppet that is HIV positive. “She is a muppet that happens to be HIV positive,” according to Muppet Central the official muppet website. The goal of this new puppet is to wipe out steortypes and false stigmas, as well as simply educate. The South African government has been funding some parts of Sesame Street (mostly the cross over from the American version to the SA one). This has been around since around 2002, but has lacked the support, especially internationally, that she needed to truly gain the power to educate the world. Talking to children about things like STD’s isn’t always appropriate, but HIV is a virus. While the main mode of transportation is sex, there are children that have it. Around 300,000 children in 2008 were estimated to be inflicted with this disease. These children, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, have to know about these things. However, how many of these children have access to a TV to watch Sesame street?

But I think Kami’s influence is more important in America. Children will stop associating this disease with homosexuals and drug users. They will be educated from a young age, and when they are older they will be supporters of the cure.

So, keep an eye out for Kami next time you are watching Sesame Street.

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2 Comments »

  1. This is very interesting, but not surprising I guess. They do already have a character that lives in a garbage can so this is actually pretty awesome in my opinion.

    Comment by toryjohnson30 — April 9, 2010 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

  2. political correctness is going too far, it seems

    Comment by mokjay — April 15, 2010 @ 9:56 pm | Reply


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