As part of his ongoing plan to systematically destroy everything I love, Donald Trump's administration could soon crack down on adorable monsters who teach kids the alphabet. Trump's terrifying budget plan included a proposal to cut funding to public television, which would be bad news for TV shows like Sesame Street (technically the show will be okay since it moved to HBO last year, but other public TV shows for kids may not fare so well).
In a funny-but-heartbreaking Facebook video written by Adam Bozarth and Alex Firer, Sesame Street's Elmo finds out he's losing his job because of Trump's budget cuts. Of course, Elmo is SAD. And he's Elmo, so he's really, really good at expressing his feelings.
"Due to cuts in funding to PBS, our favorite furry monster is out of work," reads the caption. The Elmo in the video is a parody, performed by Jeremy Olenski, who perfectly captures Elmo's shocked and flabbergasted reaction. He responds to his firing with some hilarious quips like, "but Elmo hasn't been unemployed since the 80's!"
But though the video is funny, it's also a heartbreaking reminder that Trump's budget, if approved, could have real consequences for real people. And real little red monsters.
Poor Elmo. Poor America.