This is absolutely heartbreaking! In a video that will seriously make you tear up, Elmo learns he’s fired as a result of Donald Trump’s budget cuts. But although the adorable Muppet is being laid off, and doesn’t know how he’ll pay rent, he STILL asks about the kids! Grab your tissues and watch here.
Did Elmo seriously just get laid off? In a new parody video from What’s Trending, viewers get the chance to see what could happen if President Donald Trump’s, 70, proposed budget cuts reach Sesame Street. And while the video is just fiction — at least for now — its heartbreaking message has evoked strong responses from the public. Just TRY to watch Elmo’s reaction without getting emotional!
HES BEEN WORKING AT SESAME STREET FOR 32YEARS
HIS RENT WENT UP
HE HASNT BEEN UNEMPLOYED SINCE THE 80s
HOW ARE U GOING TO DO ELMO LIKE THAT pic.twitter.com/EU4gyxHAjl
— P (@MisterSkelling) March 21, 2017
Me after watching that Elmo video https://t.co/a8ifSeSlLj
— ️️️ (@henriqueitsover) March 21, 2017
— Sandra Azocar (@sandraiaz) March 20, 2017
They really getting rid of Elmo, y’all dont understand. Elmo is a legend, I almost wanna cry. pic.twitter.com/gCzZUUQEMU
— TROOOOOP (@kemontegut3) March 21, 2017
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) March 21, 2017
elmo gets fired from his job of 32 years and he still asks “what about the kids?” pic.twitter.com/8ixiCQm6iJ
— molly (@protectisak) March 21, 2017
Tell me that Elmo video was fake and they’re not really gonna cancel the show?! pic.twitter.com/U71KXpPw8A
— Crystal (Heda)♾ (@Cry_stal97) March 21, 2017
In the clip, Elmo gets called into an office and is told he doesn’t have a job anymore. The normally-happy red monster immediately takes on a sadder persona. He mentions his rent has just gone up, and that he hasn’t been unemployed since the 1980s. Tugging on our heartstrings even more, he added, “The only real talent Elmo has is being Elmo!” But the saddest part of all is when he tearfully mentions the millions of children who tune into Sesame Street daily. “But what about the kids?” he asks.
On the bright side, Sesame Street isn’t directly funded by CPB or PBS at this time, and it also has a contract with HBO. So for now, Elmo is probably safe. However, some children may no longer be able to watch the show as the cuts could force some PBS stations to shut down — especially in rural areas.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting received $445 million in federal funding in the last fiscal year, according to Refinery29, which accounts for a tiny portion of government spending and asks for just over $1 a year from taxpayers. To support PBS, go to to PBS’s support hub and make a donation, or contact your local representative and ask them to keep PBS funded here.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — does this video break your heart or what? Are you angry PBS is facing budget cuts?