O is for Oscar

Oscar the grouch toy

Oscar the grouch toy


I like how everyone on Sesame Street used to just kind of put up with Oscar’s grouchy personality and quirks. He was constantly yelling and slamming his garbage-can lid. It’s a nice message that people will accept you no matter your personality, but I wonder if I also took away the message that I could act like a jerk and get away with it.

Thinking of some of the shows my kids watch today, I wonder how he would be dealt with. Would they have more lectures and interventions to try to make him more socially acceptable? I seem to remember that occasionally happening to Oscar when I was a child watching Sesame Street, but I also remember him getting away with a lot of what would have been described as “unacceptable behavior” if I had dared to follow in his footsteps. I guess it’s a fine line between accepting someone’s character and trying to change a person’s behavior.


I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

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23 thoughts on “O is for Oscar”

  1. lol. I never considered that Oscar might be treated differently if he had come at a later time. Funny how things (or in this case, behaviors) and the way we see them change over time.

    1. Thinking back on Oscar, it occurred to me that a lot of the shows that my kids watch are very team oriented and deal with cooperation. There might be a character who doesn’t want to play along at first, but by the end of the episode everyone has reconciled their differences. You just don’t see too many grouches these days. Oscar is one of a kind.

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