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Sesame Street Comes To Pakistan

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Sesame Street continues to be a universal learning tool for children as it will now be broadcast in Pakistan to help boost education.

The U.S. is donating $20 million to fund a local version of the show, which will have the traditional New York City setting swapped for a Pakistani village.

Don't expect to see Big Bird or Cookie Monster though, as the show will feature new characters including Rani, a six-year-old female puppet with pigtails and a blue-and-white school uniform and will speak in Urdu.

Writer for the Pakistani version, Imraan Peerzada says:

"She will represent what little girls have to go through in this gender-biased society.

We are not avoiding religion‚ but we don't want to label children…the basic learning tools of literacy‚ numeracy‚ hygiene‚ and healthy eating have to be in place first."

Good work, Sesame Street. What a fantastic idea.

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21 comments to “Sesame Street Comes To Pakistan”

  1. 1

    Problem is: every time the count starts counting backwards from 10, everyone hits the deck.

  2. 2

    nice idea, doubt it'll work.

  3. 3

    Oh, Great. I can't wait for the premier episode, where Bert and Ernie stone Big Bird to death for dressing like a slut.

  4. 4

    Send the whole Kartrashian family over there. They can keep them. We'll keep Bruce Jenner.

  5. 5

    Donating $20 million to start a show? Such a waste when we're broke as a country. We simply shouldn't be doing these things at a time like this.

  6. 6

    Also, Harvey Kneeslapper will need to be reigned in a bit.

  7. 7

    SOOOOO…yesterday our country almost came to a stand still due to a deficit…and now we are funding 20 million so pakistan can have a sesame street?WTF? @BONGO-Kardashians Take Pakistan…now thats something Id wanna watch

  8. 8

    Re: Beauceron – hilrious!

  9. 9

    sounds horrific. this world is not a melting pot and different cultures shud stay the hell away from each other. peace.

  10. 10

    snakes. why'd it have to be snakes?

  11. 11

    Re: Beauceron – LOL, yeah, that about sums it up.

  12. 12

    really? we just went thru a gov shut down scare where we thought our millitary folks wouldnt get their pay due to lack of funds; but $20 mill to start a show in a different country. nice.

  13. BC666 says – reply to this


    Why are we wasting $20 million on these people? They'd kill us in a heartbeat.

  14. 14

    where gizmo teaches the others how to make bombs and cookie monsters cookies blow up perfect people need to stop trying to fix pakistan the govt wont even give the people anything less than 5% go to school

  15. 15

    JUST IGNORANTRe: perez posse member 777 – …IGNORANT

  16. 16

    Re: Beauceron – ….just goes to show what an incredibly ignorant person you are…. I've traveled to most of the Asian countries and the middle east…maybe you should try doing the same…then again i guess TRAILER TRASH like you cant afford that kind of luxury..oh well just shows SESAME STREET didn't do anything for you.

  17. 17

    This really disturbs me, but only because 2 days ago we almost cut all federal funding to PBS (aka American Sesame Street). If we supposedly don't have the money to fund it at home, why are we funding it in another country? And I would have the same reaction regardless of the country or their majority religion, unlike some of you bigots. Also, if you think all Pakistanis hate us, what better way to change that attitude than by helping them out? In parts of the Caribbean and South American, people absolutely love Fidel Castro, and a lot of that stems from money that Cuba has given them for various humanitarian and educational projects. A little money can go a long way towards establishing good will (though I'm still not saying we have any extra to spend right now).

  18. 18

    Why in the FUCK are we donating 20 million for this???? I would think this is one thing that could've been cut from the budget!

  19. 19

    20 million dollars to help kids watch some female muppet with a headscarf teach them how to preserve their dignity and be subservient to men? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense..

  20. 20

    Oh excellent…donating 20 million dollars this country doesn't have! yay us!

  21. 21

    Re: Nyles Rowland – "then again i guess TRAILER TRASH like you cant afford that kind of luxury"

    Hyeah, pot, meet kettle. Racist: check. Classist: check. Ignorant: check. Just a tip. One doesn't succeed in fighting what they perceive to be racism by throwing more racism at the aforementioned racism.