Skip to comments.US terminates funding for Pakistani Sesame Street
Posted on 06/05/2012 9:52:36 AM PDT by mojito
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. has terminated funding for a $20 million project to develop a Pakistani version of Sesame Street, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday. The decision came as a Pakistani newspaper reported allegations of corruption by the local puppet theater working on the initiative.
The organization in question is the Rafi Peer Theater Workshop, a group in the city of Lahore that jointly developed the show with Sesame Workshop, the creator of the American series.
The show, which includes Elmo and a host of new Pakistani characters, first aired in December and was supposed to run for at least three seasons. The U.S. hoped it would improve education in a country where one-third of primary school-age children are not in class. It was also meant to increase tolerance at a time when the influence of radical views is growing.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Robert Raines said the U.S. Agency for International Development terminated funding for the program, but declined to provide further details.
The Pakistan Today newspaper reported Tuesday that the cause was "severe" financial irregularities at Rafi Peer, citing unnamed sources close to the project.
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Why are we giving these creeps a nickel ?
“...Big Bird, for not wearing the veil in public.”
I didn’t know BB was a chick. Go figure.
Today’s Letter on Sesame Street is “J” for “Jihad”.
You have to be kidding me? I guess we showed 'em!
Mullah Elmo’s fatwa explained that all giant talking birds of ambiguous orientation must wear the veil or suffer having their beaks cut off.
Why are we borrowing money from China, so we can give it away to 3rd world hell-holes that hate us????
not just them...we’re funding Sesame Street in literally dozens of other countries around the world.
well,even tho big bird is big,he still shows the characteristics of a baby/very young bird,,so of course he would be a “chick”
To try to help keep the kids from growing up like their parents?
What an excellent use of tax dollars this was. It is a shame that this program was cancelled. Maybe I will sell my house and send the proceeds to these fine people so that they can bring Sesame Street to the Pakistani children.
They had to. A large crowd took Big Bird, Ernie, and Bert and beheaded them since they thought they were gay.
And they took Oscar and made him head mullah.
I knew it! The little terrycloth bast@rd! Never trust a muppet!
I been on that Bert is evil site he hang out with OJ Hitler Mussonti beside Bin Laden I try think who else
That little puppet SOB been around the world if you know what I mean
I think I saw him try run in state of CA as Governor once
They must’ve rejected the ideas of adding gay-friendly characters to the caste.
Oh, let me guess....it's another DoS/USAID initiative........
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