Monday Night Tease’s Muppet Burlesque made me realize just exactly how perverse my childhood really was.
Seriously (seriously!), the kid-centric content of the ’70s was the product of a lot of young idealistic artists who, let’s be honest, smoked a lot of dope. The whole Jim Henson oeuvre, Free To Be You & Me, The Electric Company, H.R. Puffinstuff (!)… It made for a heady brew for a pre-teen, and I drank deeply.
(To this day, I’m pretty sure Mr. Greenjeans was a pot farmer and Captain Kangaroo a dope dealer. OPEN YOUR EYES people, the signs are all there…!)
Fast forward to the late ’80s and the Reagan-era deregulation of TV that gutted the educational requirements for TV licenses, paving the way for kids show that were little more than 30-minute toy ads. Capitalism licked its chops over a new market of captive kids parked in front of Nickelodeon all day, and sucked much of openness and anarchy out of children’s television. Throw in a few million happy meals and bowls of sugary breakfast cereal (the empty calorie “part of this nutritious breakfast”) and it leads straight to today’s obesity epidemic.
Seriously, Gen Y (and beyond), you may mock us but you have no idea what you missed out on. Enjoy your iPods and overdeveloped sense of entitlement.
But back to the point: Monday Night Tease rocked, and Muppet Burlesque 2011 is already marked on my imaginary calendar. See you there.

Monday Night Tease’s Muppet Burlesque made me realize just exactly how perverse my childhood really was.

Seriously (seriously!), the kid-centric content of the ’70s was the product of a lot of young idealistic artists who, let’s be honest, smoked a lot of dope. The whole Jim Henson oeuvre, Free To Be You & Me, The Electric Company, H.R. Puffinstuff (!)… It made for a heady brew for a pre-teen, and I drank deeply.

(To this day, I’m pretty sure Mr. Greenjeans was a pot farmer and Captain Kangaroo a dope dealer. OPEN YOUR EYES people, the signs are all there…!)

Fast forward to the late ’80s and the Reagan-era deregulation of TV that gutted the educational requirements for TV licenses, paving the way for kids show that were little more than 30-minute toy ads. Capitalism licked its chops over a new market of captive kids parked in front of Nickelodeon all day, and sucked much of openness and anarchy out of children’s television. Throw in a few million happy meals and bowls of sugary breakfast cereal (the empty calorie “part of this nutritious breakfast”) and it leads straight to today’s obesity epidemic.

Seriously, Gen Y (and beyond), you may mock us but you have no idea what you missed out on. Enjoy your iPods and overdeveloped sense of entitlement.

But back to the point: Monday Night Tease rocked, and Muppet Burlesque 2011 is already marked on my imaginary calendar. See you there.