"Sesame Street" has been known to educate and inform children about touchy topics such as race, adoption and death, and now, the popular PBS children's show is set to tackle the D word: Divorce.
The long-running children's series, which originally aired in 1969, has announced that it will be addressing the tough topic of divorce through the spunky, pink fairy-in-training, Abby Cadabby, according to Time magazine's Tumblr Storyboard.
"Check this out Gordon - this is a picture of my house, and this is a picture of my other house," the pink puppet explains, holding up pictures of two houses.
Elmo curiously chimes in, asking, "What does Abby mean, 'other house?'"
"This one is where I live with my mommy," Abby continued. "And this one is where I live with my daddy."
Abby later explains that she lives in two separate homes because her parents are divorced, and the adult, human character Gordon explains to the furry friends what that foreign D words means.
"Well, divorce means that Abby's mommy and daddy aren't married anymore," Gordon explained in the video, which can be viewed below.
This isn't the show's first time attempting to tackle the topic, with the first effort being in 1992 when a team of writers, producers and researchers composed and shot a tentative script that addressed the sensitive topic using the popular character, Snuffleupagus.
When the show was tested, according to the Storyboard, the results were disastrous, with many children concerned with where Snuffy was going to live, why his parents "didn't love him" and fears that their own parents were going to get a divorce.
"It was really the first time we'd produced something, put all this money into it, tested it, and it just didn't work," said Susan Scheiner, a longtime Sesame researcher, who worked on the segment. "We thought we had it. We thought this was really revolutionary, and then it was just bad."
This time around, the "Sesame" writers think they found the right perspective.
"Writing about divorce is not easy," said Christine Ferraro, a Sesame Street writer. "My approach in writing this was to start it with the point of view of Abby, whose parents had already gone through a divorce ? in the past, so that it is not a new, raw emotion. Abby's a fairy - she's very happy-go-lucky, really excited. She's a great person to show that there's hope."
The 13-minute segment, titled "Big Feelings," is set to debut online this week.
The show has addressed a number of tough issues in recent years, including the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. In the October episode, Big Bird was faced with an unfortunate hurricane that ripped through Sesame Street, thereby destroying his nest and leaving his entire neighborhood in chaos. Portions of the episode were from an originally taped episode that aired after the 2005 disaster of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2002, Bill Clinton appeared in a UNICEF public service announcement alongside the Muppet Kami, an HIV-positive character from Takalani Sesame, which is South Africa's version of the show.
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