Sesame Street is introducing a new female character to the show in Afghanistan and it has sent Daily Mail readers into meltdown.
Zari is a six-year-old Afghan female who producers hope will teach young viewers about the empowerment of women.
As reported by the Mail, Zari features in segments about health, exercise and well-being, plus she will interview a doctor to find out what she needs to do in order to become one.
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Sesame Workshop’s executive vice president of global impact and philanthropy, Sherrie Westin, told Reuters it is ‘so powerful that the first Afghan Muppet is a girl.’
The exciting part about Zari is that she is modeling for young girls that it is wonderful to go to school and that it’s OK to dream about having a career.
Part of the power of the broadcast and Zari’s potential as a role model is to reach children and parents where they may not have access to other educational content.
Zari’s addition has proved a little too much for the Mail’s readers, however.
Shock horror – some ‘readers’ didn’t actually bother reading the story at all…or even looking at the pictures properly.
And it got worse…
First Thomas the Tank Engine and now Sesame Street – is nothing sacred!?!?