2024: The Year That Social Media Trauma-Dumped On Elmo
The internet really outdid itself this time. The universally beloved Sesame Street mainstay Elmo recently posted from his official social media account on X (formerly Twitter), asking how everyone is doing a few weeks into 2024. And the fine folks of the internet did what they do best: overshare and scare the crap out of someone trying to do good.
Elmo is just checking in! How is everybody doing?— Elmo (@elmo) January 29, 2024
Mental health check-ins are an important and necessary part of our day-to-day lives. It often helps to have an outlet you can rely on to help ease whatever mental or emotional burden is weighing on you. As evidenced by the nearly 17,000 replies Elmo received, the lovable muppet seems to have become that outlet for many troubled minds.
Some users went into great detail listing all the ways their mental health is in shambles. Such responses include, “Elmo I’m suffering from existential dread over here” and, “Elmo I’m depressed and broke.”
The thread gained so much momentum that various companies and public figures chimed in as well, including Domino’s Pizza, Oreo, and even world-famous artist Chance The Rapper. In fact, Chance seems to be one of the few who actually had good news to report to Elmo.
ran out of milk. do the math— OREO Cookie (@Oreo) January 30, 2024
The next day Elmo sent out another post thanking everyone for their responses. He also encouraged everyone to check in on their friends every so often. Ya know, so they don’t have to resort to trauma-dumping on a puppet via social media. But it turns out that the good folks at Sesame Street know what they’re doing. All of the associated character accounts, and the official show account, sent out posts with the hashtag #EmotionalWellBeing, and provided links to resources the show provides to children and adults.
Wow! Elmo is glad he asked! Elmo learned that it is important to ask a friend how they are doing. Elmo will check in again soon, friends! Elmo loves you.❤️ #EmotionalWellBeing pic.twitter.com/jhn2LNKfHf— Elmo (@elmo) January 30, 2024
Look how tightly he’s clinging on to Baby David. Look at the anguish and exhaustion in those eyes. LOOK WHAT WE DID TO ELMO.
I commend Elmo’s efforts and the compassion behind them, but for his own mental health I hope he does a social media detox for a while after that fiasco. He’s earned it. In the meantime feel free to use any of the various mental health hotlines if you’re in need of additional services.
And please, leave poor Elmo alone on social media.