Right here’s what occurred: The official Sesame Road TikTok account posted a clip of a track from the present known as “The First Time Me Eat Cookie.” It went somewhat one thing like this:
@sesamestreet Each nice hero wants an origin story. ? #CookieMonster #SesameStreet ? Cookie Dough – Egozi
Is that cute or what? There’s lovable child Cookie Monster together with his little bonnet — and there he’s, making an attempt a cookie for the primary time ever!
Oh, however wait. Within the clip, he mentioned one thing about how when he was that age, he thinks his identify was “Sid!” That’s the half that grabbed most individuals’s consideration. Feedback on the unique TikTok included the next:
“ummmm Sid? His identify is Sid?”
“you’re telling me….cookie monster’s identify….is S I D???”
“his identify’s WHAT”
“SID YOU SAY???”
So yeah, that’s loads of ALL CAPS, and isn’t it loads of query marks???? The “revelation” of Cookie Monster apparently disclosing that he was born with a reputation apart from “Cookie Monster” took loads of TikTok viewers abruptly.
However does this really matter as a revelation? The track “The First Time Me Eat Cookie” first aired on Sesame Road in 2004 — that’s 18 years in the past! The data has been on the market for nearly 20 years! As Muppet Wiki factors out, the track was launched on a 2016 DVD known as Monster Magic, and it’s been on Sesame‘s official YouTube channel since 2016 as properly.
Not lengthy after the TikTok second, Cookie Monster posted a tweet confirming the identify:
Nicely, that appears fairly definitive. Within the track, he appeared unsure… “Actually, again then, me suppose me identify was… Sid,” he says, tossing it off as an afterthought earlier than attending to the extra necessary, cookie-based portion of his story. However the tweet reads like he’s verifying the veracity of a rumor. It’s like he’s making an attempt to get forward of the story so he can management the narrative, very like Richard Nixon’s well-known “Checkers” speech.
This wasn’t the primary time Cookie Monster had addressed his “actual identify” on Twitter, however he had beforehand been much less positive about it. In 2010, he had this to say on the Sesame Road account:
It’s fairly fascinating that one thing appears to have occurred not too long ago to extend Cookie Monster’s confidence on the subject of his authentic identify. Earlier than that, he appeared to have some gaps in his reminiscence, form of just like the gaps in Richard Nixon’s White Home tapes. I’m sorry, I ought to actually cease evaluating to Cookie Monster to Richard Nixon. I received’t do it once more, I promise.
Anyway, after the latest tweet, the content-aggregating web sites picked up the story. Right here’s an internet site known as Junkee with a narrative known as “If Cookie Monster’s Actual Identify Isn’t Truly Cookie Monster Then Who On Earth Am I?” CBR.com went with the headline “Sesame Road Followers Are Shocked by Cookie Monster Sharing His Actual Identify.”
The web site for a radio station known as SmoothFM known as their article “Sesame Road Has Revealed The Cookie Monster’s ‘Actual Identify’ And We’re In Disbelief.” And an internet site known as PedestrianTV, which has extra advertisements than a Chips Ahoy has chocolate chips, went with the dramatic (however intelligent!) “TikTok Rediscovered Cookie Monster’s Precise First Identify & People Are Crumbling At The Revelation.”
However right here’s what I wish to say to everybody, from TikTok to Twitter to NextDoor: Don’t take the “Cookie Monster’s identify” factor too significantly.
As members of the fashionable media viewers, we watch loads of TV sequence and films which are fairly continuity-heavy. TV dramas — and even comedies! — are extra serialized than ever, and large movie franchises make us really feel rewarded for remembering what occurred three films in the past. And naturally, it is a long-established component of books and comics, and it even occurs in commercials typically. I do know I, for one, can’t wait to see how issues prove for Jon Hamm and Flo from Progressive.
As media has shifted to this type of storytelling, we’ve been skilled to latch onto something that sounds prefer it’s an necessary nugget of knowledge, and file it away within the wikis of our brains. I feel that’s why persons are reacting so strongly to studying that Cookie Monster thinks his identify was Sid. For his or her whole lives, these of us have identified the identify of the monster from Sesame Road who eats cookies, however with the best way we’re now programmed to consumed tales, having that information contradicted appears like a main plot twist. It’s like discovering out that the cookie you thought was chocolate chip is definitely oatmeal raisin.
However as I rewatched “The First Time Me Eat Cookie,” it appeared to me that it was extra probably that the road about “Sid” was included within the track as a result of it sounded humorous than for any deeper causes. I wished to see if my suspicions have been right, so I went straight to the supply.
No, sorry, I didn’t discuss to Cookie Monster. However I did attain out to longtime Sesame Road author Christine Ferraro, who’s written among the funniest Sesame materials of the final a number of years. She wrote the lyrics to “The First Time Me Eat Cookie!” Right here’s what she mentioned:
The road was written as a gag, as a result of it rhymed with “child”. Clearly, he wouldn’t be known as Cookie Monster earlier than he found his love of cookies, so he will need to have had a reputation, proper?
Not meant to be canon in any respect.
So there’s that. If you happen to’ve been mendacity awake at evening since seeing that TikTok, I hope now you can relaxation your googly eyes and sleep peacefully.
Apart from, Sesame Road has by no means been very involved with continuity, and it might be foolish in the event that they tried. Contemplate the truth that Miles and Gabi have been born a number of years aside however someway graduated highschool on the identical day. Or the truth that a number of numbers have been given for the Rely’s age. Or that one episode the place Bob, Luis, and Gordon reminisce about being in a band within the ’70s and there’s a flashback, they usually look nothing they really did within the ’70s after they have been all characters on the present.
Oh, and guess what? The track from 2004 wasn’t even the primary time in Sesame Road historical past that the Muppet we all know as Cookie Monster has been recognized by a reputation apart from “Cookie Monster.” Try this clip from the primary season of the present, during which the shaggy blue man makes use of Ernie’s cellphone to name his mother:
His actual identify is “Tiny!” And the way about this different one from the primary season, the place the shaggy blue man and one other blue man deal with one another by identify:
His actual identify is “Harry!” I particularly love this one, as a result of it sounds very very like Jim Henson and Frank Ouncesare simply goofing round firstly of the sketch.
I assume my level right here is that any established piece of details about a Sesame Road character is topic to vary, particularly for comedy functions. “Sid” is a humorous joke and a solution to a enjoyable Muppet trivia query, however we shouldn’t deal with it as if it’s engraved in stone. In one other 18 years, perhaps Cookie Monster will sing a track the place he says he simply remembered his identify was really Herman. However for now, the necessary factor is that the character is named Cookie Monster, and he’s informed us that’s what he prefers to be known as.
Oh, and yet one more factor: Sure, I do know that the early model of the Cookie Monster puppet was known as “Arnold” in these outdated Munchos commercials from the ’60s. I simply haven’t seen any footage the place he’s addressed as “Arnold” onscreen.
Oh, and one different yet one more factor: One time Sesame Road did a joke about Man Smiley’s actual identify being “Bernie Liederkranz.” What are the percentages that that’ll be the subsequent large stunning TikTok discovery?
Due to Tony Whitaker and Michael Wermuth for alerting me to the “Harry” clip!
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by Ryan Roe – Ryan@ToughPigs.com