The vast majority of us grew up on Sesame Street. Big Bird, Cookie Monster, The Count, Snuffy, Oscar The Grouch, they helped raise us one half-hour a day at a time. So when we see our childhood heroes do things or say things out of character, it can be a bit jarring. Like dropping the F-bomb during an episode. Grover seemingly did just that, and the internet couldn’t believe their ears. Did our beloved, silly, over-the-top Grover finally lose it? Or are we projecting what we want to hear onto our familiar fictional felt-covered fellows?
The line Grover says is “Yes, yes, that sounds like an excellent idea!” But when listening some fans heard something just a little different that changes things a great deal.
“Yes, yes, that’s a fucking excellent idea!” Grover tells at his fellow muppet. Grover is pushing 50. He’s been dealing with other muppets, children, and the various denizens of Sesame Street for a long freaking time. That kind of long-term stress can make even the softest guy snap a brittle twig.
But did he really? The Legendary Frank Oz doesn’t think so.
Wait. You mean some of you out there seriously believe that Grover on Sesame Street would say the word “fuck” — on camera or off-camera? Really???? https://t.co/PFjnjYYQ8p
— Frank Oz (@TheFrankOzJam) December 30, 2018
He really isn’t having any of it.
I’ve never understood why some people love imagining that, between takes, we screw around with the characters by having them swear or having them use sexual innuendos or putting cigarettes in their mouths and laughing. We don’t. It would be a betrayal of the character’s purity.
— Frank Oz (@TheFrankOzJam) December 29, 2018
Even Luke Skywalker himself chimes in to educate the masses.
Audio Illusion: It works both ways. First: Listen to it knowing he actually says “That sounds like an excellent idea”- It’s pure Sesame Street. Next: Listen to it & you’re sure he dropped the F-bomb. It’s #GangstaGrover on The Sopranos. #Fuggeddaboutit https://t.co/mstnnvQI5s
— MarkHoHoHoHamill (@HamillHimself) December 29, 2018
Listen for yourself. Like Mark Hamill says, it’s auditory illusion. If you’re thinking the F-Word when you listen to it, that’s what you’re likely to hear. But if you go into it with the knowledge that is, in fact, the word “sounds”, you hear it correctly. Some can even listen to it on repeat and hear switch back and forth between the two sounds.
It might be mildly amusing to hear childhood characters use profanity, but Frank Oz is here to assure us, it doesn’t happen on or off screen. Frank’s threads go on to talk about character purity and claims that any muppeteer that sullies that purity isn’t a true muppeteer. Bold words, but when you’re Frank Freaking Oz, you have the authority to make those claims.
What do you think? Did Grover really drop the f-bomb or are we just hearing what we want to hear? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter!