Save Your Trash-Talk: Oscar The Grouch Reigns Supreme


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Christos Sistasis, Fall Editor

It is a known fact that C is for cookie, and cookie is for me, but I just want to say, cookie is not for me. Cookie Monster may be a fan favorite, but he’s far from the best. If you wish to see a character with a unique and relatable personality (not to mention a great Twitter account), look no further than your trash cans, people. 

“How does this green-furred fella contribute to the show?” you may ask. As he represents the misanthropy that we all have, Oscar normalizes sharing your emotions. If you happen to be stressed, don’t be afraid to tell a trusted adult.

Now here’s the fun part; This is why the other monsters are no match to this grouch:

Despite being the most beloved muppet on the block (that being 123 Sesame Street), Elmo carries every bad attribute of his three year old (human) peers. The child monster grew from a background character to a selfish spotlight hogger, but he’s still cute I suppose.

I may believe that Cookie Monster’s comedy relief isn’t redeeming enough of a quality to make up for his boring personality, but Harnit Kaur, an eighth grader at Woodbridge Middle School, made a claim about relating to the muppet that almost everyone could get behind.

“Whenever I see something with the tiniest bit of sugar, I have to shove it down my throat because it gives me an adrenaline rush,” said Kaur.

As I have utmost respect for Big Bird, I’ve opted to skip out on disrespecting the name, but that doesn’t mean characters such as Grover and Count Von Count get the same treatment. Grover rarely uses contractions, and the Count, well, counts. You’d assume that this makes the characters unique, right? Sure, but it only takes a few episodes before the gimmicks become stale. Now back to Oscar.

If you believe that ‘his grouchiness’ makes him a bad character, he’s actually not. Or is he? You see, getting new trash makes him happy, but he doesn’t like being happy. Being happy makes him miserable, and he loves being miserable. That makes him happy, which makes him miserable. These statements create a paradox, yet you understand his motives. He enjoys life as an independent monster, and is (very understandably) annoyed by characters like Elmo ruining his peace.

Much like how taste buds change, your favorite characters could change over time. As opposed to natural change, you begin to understand a character’s motives, which could make you like them more. Same goes for the opposite side of the spectrum. You could’ve loved a character, but now believe that you’ve outgrown them after you see yourself outside of their target audience. So maybe Sesame Street is made for more than just three year olds, and it helps you all throughout your childhood…

Whatever, now scram!