Now one can question whether Sesame Street needed to weigh in on this issue on Twitter, rather than a platform that was less filled with bad-faith loud people, but that feels like a minor part of a deeper discussion here.
The truth of the matter is, we have let our discourse become dominated by folks who wander around the internet, looking for new things to be mad about. They influence other people to do the exact same thing, so everyone is always angry at scale. This isn’t even the first time said notable critic has done this
in the calendar year 2021!
Occasionally, those things that these folks get mad about are so silly on their face that they completely undermine the reasons for their anger. And as a culture, we have not properly figured out a way so that the loudest voice in the room doesn’t always win the attention they so desperately crave, but do not deserve. We have millions of people—hundreds of millions—who do not speak out in this way. They don’t ruin our discourse in quite the same way.
As a culture, we need to find ways to ensure that the loudest voices don’t dominate our discourse in every single discussion, because that’s how we get politicians yelling at Big Bird while expecting to be taken seriously.