For Christmas, the kid got Volume 1 and 2 of Sesame Street: Old School.
She and I were feeling a little bored and shack-wacky the other night so I popped the first one in and was initially quite delighted/surprised/entertained to see that they've included a nice little disclaimer at the beginning that says these DVDs are intended for adult audiences and "may not meet the needs of today's preschool children." Awesome.
Of course, after enjoying the first few minutes, I was completely disturbed to see this segment (click link to watch, safe for work. Well, as long as you don't work for CFIA or similar) about milk production.
I'm not sure whether the music or all the milk "moneyshots" are more offensive to me. Or, for the more hardcore lactivists, perhaps the image of a young baby with a bottle of cow juice in it's mouth. But seriously, a 6 minute milkporn in the middle of a child's TV show? Amazing.
To think that I imagined that my childhood TV was mostly free of gratuitous product placement. My innocence has been shattered.
What's worse, apparently when they started Sesame Street there was concern that children wouldn't be able to tell the difference between reality and muppets. It seems they didn't have similar concerns about lying to them about the life of a milk cow. Fresh air? Grass? Sunny skies? Ha, let me tell you about factory farms...
I just hope my child can recover from this trauma to watch the next 5 DVDs. There's sure to be more gold in them if her parents can stop laughing/rewinding long enough to put the next one in.