Meet Zari, Sesame Street’s new female Afghan puppet
The puppet character wears outfits from several different ethnic groups that live in Afghanistan, including some hijabs, and speaks for the empowerment of women and girls. She will focus especially on girl's education. And she was created by the U.S. and Afghanistan production teams to develop an accurate and widely appealing Afghani character.
And she's super cute.
I love this. It's so important that kids learn about Muslim people and Middle Eastern cultures and come to see head coverings as normal to counteract the raging Islamophobia present in our society. Speaking of, right-wing pundits and publications are freaking the fuck out, predictably. But don't worry about them. They can't fight the awesome power of Sesame Street.