Elmo’s Unhinged Rant About a Pet Rock Resonates With the Exasperated

“The clip helped divert children and adults’ attention away from their own pain and helplessness during this difficult time,” said Dr. Leela Magavi, a psychiatrist in Newport Beach, Calif.

Seeing Elmo’s frustration and anger can help normalise people’s own feelings of anger and help them realise that this is a common human emotion, she continued.

In the eyes of the general public, this video serves as an illustration of self-centered behaviour.

A 27-year-old Kansas City woman tells the New York Daily News that “we’ve all had an Elmo experience, either in college, in a class, or at work somewhere from people who want to make everything about them.”

According to Snohomish mother Jennifer Cretu’s three boys (ages 8, 11 and 14), Elmo had been wronged by his imaginary friend Barack Obama and they felt sorry for him.

Silas, her middle child, thought that if the human character in the scene had eaten the cookies, the Elmo mania might have been avoided. I mean, one of them is practically indestructible, in his words. Other than that, they’re just puppets.

It’s been said that the “Sesame Street” characters have personalities, and Elmo is no exception. According to Liv Pearsall, who has 2.8 million TikTok followers and regularly posts videos showing Elmo being a spoiled brat, Elmo’s bratty side can be seen in these moments.