I enjoy Pampers diapers with their super absorbant core and leakguard protection. I like how with every purchase they donate vaccines to 3rd world countries. But I must get something off my chest. I find their little Sesame Street designs extremely irritating. Here's why:
Now I love Sesame Street as much as any PBS watching child-from-the-80's out there (I can even tell you how to get, how to get to Sesame Street. Oh yes I can.) The show taught me letters, numbers, life skills, and select words in Spanish (like ocho, cuatro, and olé, for example). And Pampers captured the memories and immortalized them by making diapers with little pictures of baby Big Bird, Elmo, Ernie, Bert, Zoe, and Cookie Monster.
The problem is this: the picture of Ernie is surrounded by rubber duckies. Cute. The picture of Big bird is surrounded by his favorite little teddy bear. Darling, But the pictures of Bert, Elmo, and Cookie Monster are surrounded by stars. Stars? Why? Where are the bottle caps (or pigeons, if you will), Goldfish (named Dorothy), and Cookies, respectively? And Zoe's picture is accompanied by moons. Say what? It's an outrage I tell you. How can you favor some characters with their favorite things and leave others out of the loop? What makes Big Bird so great and Bert so belittled? And why didn't Zoe at least get stars like the rest of her peeps? If I were her I'd be livid.
Okay, maybe it's just that I change 2,143 diapers a day and I've had a lot of time to ponder on the message Pampers is trying to send, but I just don't like it. Equality and justice for all, I say. Even for decorations on diapers.
Now who's with me?