Move over Yanni and Laurel, there’s a new auditory illusion on the block. Debate was running high over the holidays as a clip of Sesame Street muppet Grover appeared to feature him dropping an F-bomb.
Some viewers believed they heard Grover utter the line “Yes, yes, that’s a fucking excellent idea,” while others heard “Yes, yes, that sounds like an excellent idea.” It was quite far-fetched to believe that the kids’ character would actually drop an F-bomb, not to mention the Broadcast Standards and Practices issues that would stem from such an incident.
Watch the clip below and listen for yourself.
Frank Oz, who has voiced Grover for over 40 years, took to Twitter to dispute the claim that his character would say such a thing.
Really? I didn’t perform Grover there but I assure you, we take the purity of the characters very seriously. But people will hear what they want to hear.
— Frank Oz (@TheFrankOzJam) December 28, 2018
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
So there you have it, the man behind the muppet has spoken. Still, it made for a hilarious debate.