He laughs when tickled. He sings in multiple languages. He speaks in a falsetto voice and has illeism (I had to look this up. It means he often refers to himself in the third person.) He is a celebrity and has his own segment, Elmo’s World, on the TV show – Sesame Street. He’s only three and a half years old … and he hasn’t aged a day at all. His name? Elmo. How could this lovable ball of red fur have an enemy?
This supposed grudge spat goes back to 2004 – a 35 second clip from the episode “Elmo feels he’s treated unfairly by Rocco” – where Elmo got irritated with Zoe in an argument over an oatmeal raisin cookie. You see, Zoe made sure his imaginary friend, Rocco, got the last oatmeal raisin cookie. Not only is Rocco imaginary … he is a rock. Elmo seemed irked that the younger Zoe didn’t get that Rocco wasn’t alive. But Zoe wasn’t having any of it. Rocco is real (to Zoe at least.)
Recently, this video was released on YouTube and has had over 7 million views and over 8000 comments. It seemed this grudge match was coming back top life.
To clear all this up, Elmo, through his Twitter account (wow, Twitter lets a 3 year old have an account) … Elmo tweeted “Don’t worry everybody! Elmo and Zoe practiced sharing and are still best buds forever! Elmo loves you Zoe! Ha ha ha!”
Friends do not let little things get between them. Zoe is one of Elmo’s BFFs and a cookie is not going to stop that.
Maybe we need to learn this lesson. We let little things get to us. We get irritated when others don’t see our point of view. We want what we want and others feelings don’t care. And the lessons are …
- People are more important than things
- Don’t let small things come between friends
- In the words of Queen Elsa, “Let it go!”
Elmo was not only the good friend, 20 years later he quickly went public to let everyone know Zoe was still his friend.
Now the rest of the story …
Elmo went a bit too far. He tweeted, “Has anybody ever seen a rock eat a cookie? Elmo is just curious.”
Oops, the challenge was thrown out there.
Enter a new character into this drama. A real person. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Dwayne responds to Elmo’s tweet with his own tweet … “Yes, my friend. This Rock devours cookies. All kinds of cookies … Tell Cookie Monster to move over, cuz I’m coming to Sesame Street to kick (butt) and eat cookies. And I’m almost all out of cookies.”
2022 – Crazy! However, Cookie Monster answered The Rock on his own … “Me say cookie challenge ACCEPTED!!!”
From one cookie lover to another …. I’m glad Elmo and Zoe are cool, but I’m stoked to see where this goes. The twitterworld seems to be backing Cookie Monster. The Rock may have met his match. I’d do pay-per-view to watch this.