Recession Is Real: Sesame Street Introduces New Muppet Dealing With “Poverty And Hunger Issues”

Lily Sesame Street Character dealing with poverty and hunger

If you’ve been wondering how to explain to your kids why Daddy stopped going to work and how come Santa came up short last year, have no fear… “Sesame Street” is keeping it real with the kids about the recession era.

The show is set to introduce a new character whose family is impoverished to address the millions of families affected by poverty and hunger.

The long-running children’s show will debut a new muppet, Lily, in a primetime special that highlights childhood poverty and hunger, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Lily’s family background reflects the bitter economic reality of the 17 million American children who live without regular access to affordable and nutritious food, the magazine reported.

Country music singer Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams Paisley, will host the hour-long show, titled “Growing Hope against Hunger.”

“We are honored that Sesame Street, with its long history of tackling difficult issues with sensitivity, caring and warmth, asked us to be a part of this important project,” the couple said in a statement.

The show will air Sunday, Oct. 9. It is sponsored by Walmart.

Dang… this is how you know isht is really real right now. Kudos to Sesame Street though for teaching the babies the truth (without traumatizing them hopefully)!

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