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“Sesame Street” released a new clip on social media Saturday featuring a new Asian American character, Ji-Young, the first muppet to be unveiled in almost 30 years.
The clip shows Ji-Young being welcomed into the furry lot at Sesame Street’s Stump the Muppet. Over the years, Muppets have become more diverse in their ethnic origins, but not this one. A source told the outlet that she will stand out from other Muppets in that she is Asian.
Ji-Young’s debut follows last week’s announcement of a brand new muppet, Pookie, who will be half Irish and half Jamaican, but along with Ji-Young she will share a general look with the previous generation of Sesame Street Muppets: big round heads, big round features, round eyes, big round ears and a big round mouth.
Among them is Elmo, whom people love to joke about being gay. He is currently engaged to shy girl redhead, Abby Cadabby.
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According to Sesame Workshop, Sesame Street, the nonprofit organization behind the show, is committed to diversifying the characters for an educationally optimal presentation.
“Through diverse backgrounds and personalities, these multicultural children and parents can identify and relate to one another in a fun and entertaining way,” Sesame Workshop said.