My Jentasmic! column this week on Studios Central takes a look at a muppet who’s close to my heart:
December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time that many of us remember those we’ve lost to this illness, and re-affirm our commitment to helping others who are facing this life-changing syndrome. While there are many resources for kids with AIDS, there’s one that may be extra-special to us Disney fans: Kami, a muppet from the South Africa edition of Sesame Street, who is living with HIV, the virus believed to cause AIDS. From MuppetCentral News:
The HIV-infected character was created at the urging of the South African government, which helps sponsor the show, to reduce stigma about the disease.
“Education is vital to ensure that people understand what HIV/AIDS is,” Education Minister Kader Asmal said.
At the unveiling, Kami, who has a mop of brown hair and wears a vest, wanders onto Sesame Street and wonders nervously if residents will want to play with her.
She needn’t have worried. The other Muppets enthusiastically welcome Kami.
Tony, I still miss you.