Elmo wants the oatmeal raisin cookie, which is on a counter. There is a rock next to the biscuit. Elmo tries to grab it, but another Sesame Street character named Zoe, who has a pet rock named Rocco, stops him with her orange hand.
“No, no, no – wait, Elmo,” Zoe says. “Rocco says that he wants the oatmeal raisin cookie.” And it is at this time that Elmo – a children’s character normally associated with innocence, lighthearted fun and laughter – approaches his breaking point.
“Rocco?” This, Elmo exclaims in apparent shock. “The man Rocco is solid as a rock, Zoe. Rocco will be oblivious to the change.” Zoe’s insistence that Rocco will be able to tell the difference causes Elmo’s incredulity to turn into anger.
“How?” Elmo retorts. “How is Rocco going to eat that cookie, Zoe? Inform Elmo. It’s impossible for Rocco to speak because he lacks a mouth. Rocco’s just a rock. Rocco has passed away.”
8 Million People Watched the Film From a 2004 Episode
More than 8 million people watched the film from a 2004 episode of Sesame Street last week, and hundreds of people commented that they, too, could see why Elmo would become so frustrated.
Other clips of Elmo losing his patience with the rock began to appear as the video gained popularity, adding fuel to the growing online fire as people blogged about the fictitious relationship, shocked that Elmo had been gaslighted for so long.
Elmo’s expressionless, beat-delayed response to Zoe’s explanation that she was late because Rocco “had to go to the toilet” is famous. An further footage shows Elmo greeting a genuine hamster, but he is quickly interrupted by Zoe, who tells him to also greet Rocco.
Elmo was, of course, Already a Huge Hit on the Web Before Anything Happened.
At times of high confusion, the Elmo fire meme is widely used. Images of him in an antagonistic state have also been widely disseminated, such as one incident where he had a tantrum and was about to walk off the set of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, and another where he bit and threw a talking block of cheese on a cookery show.
The fact that Elmo made an effort to include Zoe and “her quirks” was what made the cookie clip so special for Mr Drake Amendola, 29, of New York City.
However, Mr. Amendola pointed out that “you can just tell that like, whatever little inch he offers, she takes a mile.”
The Pandemic Theory is Another Possibility, he said.
The rock is a metaphor for pandemic denialism and Elmo represents the vaccinated – those who, now in year three of pandemic life, are fed up with the false beliefs surrounding Covid-19.
Simply put, “no matter how many times you point out the obvious, people will still try to convince you of something you know to be false,” he stated.
Although Elmo and Zoe are still “great pals,” he doesn’t “want to talk about Rocco” on Twitter, he wrote.
Ms Leela Magavi, a psychiatrist in Newport Beach, California, said the clip helped distract kids and adults from “their own anguish and powerlessness during this tough time.”
She also said that many viewers “perceive Elmo as an affable, adored figure,” therefore seeing his dissatisfaction and fury helped normalise her viewers’ own angry sentiments and let them realise that anger is a natural human sentiment.
To others, the clip is an example of selfishness.
Ms. Alexiss Tyler, 27, from Kansas City, Missouri, stated, “We’ve all had an Elmo experience, either in college, in a class, or at work somewhere from folks who want to make everything about them.”
Ms. Jennifer Cretu from Snohomish, Washington, stated that her three sons, ages 8, 11, and 14, all agreed that Elmo had been wronged. However, her eldest son, Liam, could relate to Zoe since he, too, had an imaginary friend growing up: Barack Obama.
The middle Cretu child, Silas, thought the chaos surrounding Elmo could have been avoided if the human figure in the scene had eaten the cookies.
He then explained, “I mean, one is a rock.” “The other two are merely puppets, by the way.”