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Cookie Controversy Considered

By RD Heldenfels Published: August 23, 2006

The following was in today's mail, and it made me smile. (I especially liked Cookie Monster's blaming the media.) I even read it aloud -- although I don't think my Cookie Monster impression is podcast-worthy. Anyway, from the folks at ''Sesame Street'' ...

Below is an excerpt of Matt Lauer’s “breaking news” interview with Cookie Monster premiering on Sesame Street on Thursday, August 24 on PBS Kids (check your local listings).

Matt Lauer: Cookie Monster, the world wants to know—why have you stopped eating cookies? Isn’t it true that only moments ago you decided to eat a fruit salad instead of a cookie? So will you have to change your name now? Should we be calling you “Fruit Monster”?

Cookie Monster: Well, dat got nice ring to it, but…

Matt Lauer: Cookie Monster, the question on everyone’s lips is…

Cookie Monster: That a lot of lips!

Matt Lauer: Why?

Cookie Monster: Me like fruit.

Matt Lauer: And there you have it. Cookie Monster likes fruit, and not cookies.

Cookie Monster: No! You members of the media blow story way out of proportion! Me still like cookies!

Matt Lauer: Then why fruit?

Cookie Monster: Why not fruit? It delicious! And healthy. Me still eat cookies, like me world-famous for doing, but now me eat other things too.

Matt Lauer: So what you’re saying is, if I were to offer you this cookie, you would eat it right now?

Cookie Monster: No. Me eat fruit salad…and then me eat cookie for dessert!

Matt Lauer: Well, you heard it here first! Cookie Monster has not given up cookies. From the looks of it, he eats just about everything.

Cookie Monster: You got dat right.

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