Fun fact: Muppet Trump’s hands are true to size.
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will take his place in United States history as the 45th president of this country.
But long before he ran for office, Donald Trump was a billionaire who was famous for many things, including making celebrity appearances in movies like “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” “The Little Rascals” and “Sesame Street.”
In 1994, “Sesame Street” was celebrating its 25th anniversary with an ABC special called, “Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!” The show included over fifty guest stars, but one of the celebrity cameos was, in retrospect, especially prescient.
In the special, Joe Pesci appears as Ronald Grump, a real estate tycoon who wants to shut down Sesame Street to make room for Grump Tower.
“If there’s one thing I despise,” Grump says, “it’s cheap sentiment. Hugs, kiddie television, cute, furry animals…”
Hmm. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, the 2016 presidential campaign trail.
Interestingly enough, Ronald Grump wasn’t “Sesame Street’s” only dig at the businessman and reality television star. In 2005, they roasted him again, this time with a puppet parody of “The Apprentice.”
In the episode entitled, “Grouch Apprentice,” several grouches huddle around a pile of trash, chanting “Grump, Grump, Grump!”
“Donald Grump happens to have the most trash of any grouch in the world,” proclaims Oscar the Grouch, adding, “His name is on every piece of trash in town.”
Soon, Grump makes his entrance, shooting out of his eponymous trash can, with a head full of electric-orange hair. He then proceeds to fire several puppets and Maria, who doesn’t even work for him.
At one point, Grump tells the grouches and Elmo that “whoever does the best job sorting my sneakers gets to be my helper,” which I imagine is a process similar to the one Donald Trump actually used when selecting his cabinet members.
The episode concludes with everyone, including Grump, getting fired and Elmo making off with Grump’s orange toupee. The parody holds up remarkably well considering its age; if anything, it’s fairly tame considering everything we have come to expect from President-elect Trump.
Since the election, Trump has not hesitated to share his feelings regarding Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of him on “Saturday Night Live.”
I guess we’ll have to wait and see if Donald Grump makes a return to “Sesame Street” now that Donald Trump is president. For their sake, I hope that none of the “Sesame Street” puppets are on Twitter.