After discussing the possibilities of having a Korean American Muppet on Sesame Street for years, Sesame Workshop has said they have put an artist on the project.
The controversial show has a long history of including racial and ethnic minorities, including Asian immigrants, but has not had a Muppet from a majority-minority group in over 20 years.
Sesame Workshop, a company which produces the show, commented on the news with a brief statement on Twitter: “Sesame Workshop is working with an artist to create a Korean American Muppet.” The news was then picked up by other media outlets.
#SesameStreet working with an artist to create a Korean American Muppet. — Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) January 3, 2019
The organization went on to explain their initial concerns, saying that while they agreed that a Korean Muppet would be fantastic, they were concerned that the character was a two-dimensional stereotype.
“While we recognize that there are many diverse children’s characters out there and that many have great crossover appeal, we are focusing our efforts on creating new Muppets that represent real children from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities,” Sesame Workshop said.
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