Is it possible for something to be lame and awesome at the same time? Therein, lies the complexity of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Somehow a man changing sweaters and greeting the mailman and visiting the Land of Make Believe made for hands-down the best children's programing ever.
I read an article once that said Mister Rogers was the plight of our generation because he made us all believe that each one of us was special.
WELL. I loved Mister Rogers and I KNOW I'M SPECIAL so there.
PBS gave Mister Rogers the autotune treatment last week and the video has since gone viral. Out of the nearly 4 million people who have viewed it, there are currently 535 dislikes.
I bet nine of those dislikes belong to Max, Ruby, Calliou, Arthur, Sid the Science Kid, and every member of the Fresh Beat Band.
They just don't know how to make lame cool like the master.
Check it out:
Doesn't it make you weep for the current state of children't television? What show would you like to see replaced with re-runs of Mister Rogers?
If you haven't noticed, I've quietly returned to Babble this month.
Check out yesterday's post on forcing my mother to join Instagram so that she never nags me to email photos of her granddaughter again. As an added bonus, the post features 15 of my favorite instagram photos I've taken so far.
There are several ridiculously cute pictures of Mazzy included, of course.
Like this one, taken yesterday:
My neighbor thinks Mr. Rogers is “creepy” – she is SOOOO wrong. I love him and dammit, I AM SPECIAL TOO!
LOVE THIS!!! They should most definitely play reruns!
I adore Fred Rogers. I’d love it if every Caillou episode ever made was produced with reruns of Mr. Rogers.
BTW, Leslie from The Bearded Iris has a personal connection with Mr. Rogers – her aunt or something was on his how. She once told me she’d come home from school and the afternoon and Mr. Rogers would be sitting on her back porch having tea. She said it was awesome.
I probably just screwed that whole story all up.
I watched thinking, oh this will be funny and instead I started to cry. Wow, crazy much?
I was wondering what happened to him last week – and there he is – almost cool.