It’s the remix! Sesame Street has a new theme song that is based off Will Smith’s iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air introduction.
Bert and Ernie share their story of growing up on 123 Sesame Street through a rap song that mirrors Will’s rhyme. “I said, ‘hello’ when I got near,” Bernie begins. “He said…”
“Oh, what’s that? I got a banana in my ear,” Ernie interrupts his good friend. “Wanna be friends who laugh learn and share,” Bert asks in the tune. “Ernie pointed to the chair and said … ‘Sit right there.'” You have to watch the clip to appreciate the artistry.
This certainly isn’t the first time that Sesame Street has changed the game and taught us to view things with an open mind. It was in 2016 that the show introduced an Afghan muppet named Zari who also advocated for girls’ rights. The show challenged Americans to reconsider their views on Middle Eastern ideologies all while bolstering the subject of gender equality.
According to Sherrie Westin, executive vice president of global impact and philanthropy of the Sesame Workshop, Zari was the “perfect opportunity to engage both boys and girls with lessons supporting girls’ empowerment and diversity appreciation as we aim to help all children in Afghanistan grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.”
I always try to be kind and https://t.co/kkUzkysWKZ with depression makes me more sensitive to how people should be treated.I also have to be mindful to not take others negative feelings upon myself. I am proud to say that #SesameStreet and #MrRogers and my parents taught me well
— Liz Kesson (@liz_kesson) August 18, 2018
What will Sesame Street think of next? We’ll have to just wait and see!