Sesame Street unveils muppet with parent in jail

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:24 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:24 PM

The long-running children's televisi0n show "Sesame Street" has introduce a character with a problem all too many Oklahoma children share -- he has a parent in jail.

The muppet, named "Alex," deals with feelings of sadness, anger, and abandonment as he shares his predicament with other human and muppet characters.

Oklahoma, as of the latest data available, leads the nation in the incarceration of females per capita, and ranks fourth for male incarceration per capita.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy estimates that on any given day, more than 26,000 children in the state have parents behind bars.

Nationally, it's estimated that 1 in 28 children has an incarcerated parent -- a higher ratio than children with parents deployed in the military.

The United States also reportedly has the highest rate of incarceration in the world.

Alex tells his friends "I just miss him so much. I usually don’t want people to know about my Dad."

The show doesn't plan to make Alex a regular character on the show, but he's featured prominently in the website section called "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration."

It's designed to help children ages 3-8 deal with the feelings raised by having a parent behind bars.

2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:41 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:41 PM

            2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

We know the struggle. Every year, when the Oscars get close, it goes something like this:

You: This year, I'm going to see every nominee for Best Picture.

Inner You: TBH, I'm really just in to see best dressed and who gives the most shocking speech.

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Well you don't have to worry this year because we've got you covered. Without further ado, here's the lowdown on every single Oscar-nominated film for Best Picture -- in easily digestible two-sentence summaries:

"Manchester By the Sea"

This is a film where the least devastating plot line is that a miserable handyman, Lee, has to go home to plan his brother's funeral and take care of his equally miserable teenage nephew. We won't spoil the rest, but we are not sure we will ever recover from the ridiculously depressing reveal of Lee's past (and yet, the whole thing is kind of beautiful).


Apparently, aliens are actually interested in saving humankind -- if we learn to talk to them. A linguistics professor (Amy Adams) is called in to attempt to communicate with shadowy, ink-dispensing giant squid monsters after they land their spacecrafts on Earth -- and all it really takes is a teeny, human-sized whiteboard.  

"Hidden Figures"

A group of lady geniuses are really the human computers quietly running NASA behind the scenes and simultaneously nailing 60s fashion -- all while putting up with rampant sexism and racism with utter class. In other words, two hours and seven minutes of gloriously nerdy girl power wrapped in a powerful story about the quiet civil-rights heroines who, thankfully, are hidden no more.

"La La Land"

This is a musical -- where, natch, characters do very old-school, romantic musically things like traipsing around L.A. and breaking into random song and dance like no one is watching. But really, the true love story here is that Hollywood is deeply, unabashedly in love with itself.


Denzel Washington is just super, super mean to his son and goddess of a wife Viola Davis for the entire (2+ hour) movie because he's still mad at the world about the end of his baseball career. His son isn't having it, but alas, Davis' character loves him anyway and puts up with all of his nonsense, and we're cool with that, because TBH, the world just needs every second of Davis/Washington screentime it can get.

"Hacksaw Ridge"

This is the incredible true story of a soldier-turned-conscientious objector who managed to save 75 men during WWII without ever firing a single shot. Or -- that movie where Mel Gibson finally managed to get back into Hollywood's good graces after years of exile.


This true story is proof that Google Maps is literally everywhere and can find anyone and anything. A lost child in India who got adopted as a child by an Australian couple grows up to be the seriously good-looking Dev Patel and uses “the Google” to try to find his birth parents, thanks Google, did we mention Google? Google.


If this heart-wrenching coming-of-age film doesn't make you cry (like, a lot) then you are not a real human person. A gay man struggles through 3 different phases in his life while dealing with drugs, his sexuality and his emotionally abusive, drug-addicted mother.

"Hell or High Water"

A modern-day western Robin Hood with some pretty epic 'stashes and Jeff Bridges playing the grizzled Texas Ranger he was always meant to be. Two brothers who are about to get their home foreclosed on ingeniously rob the same banks they owe and use the spoils to pay them back.

'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:59 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:59 PM

            'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

The AMC's show "The Walking Dead" is stirring up emotions, but not for gruesome scenes or unexpected endings.  

This time, it's for T-shirts. 

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The Huffington Post reported that Primark, an international clothing retailer, stopped selling the shirt.

The Warwick Courier reported that Ian Lucraft wrote a letter to the store's CEO Paul Marchant, saying it was "fantastically offensive" and "racist."

The problem? The phrase "eeny meeny miny moe," which in the show is followed by the line, "catch a tiger by his toe." However, some historical versions of the rhyme include a racial slur instead of the word "tiger," which sparked the complaint, according to the Huffington Post. 

The phrase is said by Negan, a character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the show.

BBC News reported that the retailer said it removed the product.

Primark apoligized in a statement:

The T-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the US television series, "The Walking Dead," and the quote and image are taken directly from the show. Any offense caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologizes for this.

McDonald’s giving away high-tech limited edition straws at select locations

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 4:51 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 4:51 PM

            McDonald’s giving away high-tech limited edition straws at select locations

McDonald’s USA announced Feb. 15 that they would be giving away some super high-tech limited edition straws for customers who purchase a chocolate Shamrock Shake.

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The "probably-more-revolutionary-than-actually-needed" Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal -- or STRAW --was designed by San Francisco-bases design studio JACE and Massachusetts-based NK Labs.

According to Forbes, the high-tech straw is meant to deliver an ideal flavor ratio of 50 percent chocolate and 50 percent mint in each sip of the Shamrock Shake.

The restaurant posted a spoof video promoting the item and the new chocolate Shamrock Shake on its YouTube channel Feb. 16.

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Select locations worldwide will be giving them away starting Feb. 24, at select locations including restaurants in Georgia, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Pennsylvania in the United States. Those not near those locations can follow McDonald’s on Facebook or their local resturant on Twitter for a chance to win a straw.

The full list of locations, dates and times is located at the McDonald's website.

Beyonce no longer performing at Coachella

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 3:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

            Beyonce no longer performing at Coachella

Beyonce performed this month at the 2017 Grammys, but she will no longer be performing at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April.

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The Associated Press reported that Parkwood Entertainment, Beyonce's entertainment and management company, and Coachella festival producer Goldenvoice said the performance was canceled because the singer, who is pregnant with twins, is "following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months."

Beyonce was set to headline shows April 15 and 22. It is unclear who will be performing in her place.

"However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival," the statement, posted to the Coachella Facebook page, said. "Thank you for your understanding."

The Thursday statement from Parkwood and Goldenvoice said more information is to come. Headliners for other days of the festival are Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar.


Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyoncé has made the decision...

Posted by Coachella on Thursday, February 23, 2017