Elmo has been a fixture on "Sesame Street" since 1984 and is one of the most recognized and beloved characters around the world. His signature cute voice and third-person references to himself endear him to children and adults alike, but one of his ongoing bits has the people of Twitter in stitches.
Elmo's decades-long beef with his friend Zoe's pet rock, Rocco, occasionally goes viral, and for good reason. It's hilarious. Rocco first appeared on "Sesame Street" in 1999, and Elmo has been exasperated by it ever since. Who can blame him, though, when Zoe constantly puts Rocco first, insists that he's real and forces Elmo into her make-believe world?
Perhaps it feels extra relatable right now, as so many people watch friends and family descend into alternate realities, unable to convince them that what they believe isn't real. How many of us have been in Elmo's shoes, at the end of our wits, fruitlessly stating facts in the face of fantasy?
Watching Elmo lose it is almost as cathartic as it is funny. Over-the-edge Elmo is the best Elmo.
there are tears in my eyes y\u2019all my stomach hurtingpic.twitter.com/bbkF9yDZLf— cheye (dr.booty) (@cheye (dr.booty)) 1641263826
"HOW? How is Rocco gonna eat that cookie, Zoe? TELL ELMO."
This is how I'm going to respond to everyone who refuses to get vaccinated and refuses to wear a mask and complains about every other pandemic mitigation tool. "HOW? How are we going to get through this pandemic doing nothing, Chad? TELL ELMO."
he said IKYFL! lmfaooopic.twitter.com/g2uZrIyIkU— \u1d0a\u1d0f\u0274\u0274\u028f \u1d0a\u1d1c\u1d0b\u1d07\u0299\u1d0fx \ud83d\udd79\u2728 (@\u1d0a\u1d0f\u0274\u0274\u028f \u1d0a\u1d1c\u1d0b\u1d07\u0299\u1d0fx \ud83d\udd79\u2728) 1641317104
Rocco has Elmo in an existential vice grip, torn between mind-numbing annoyance and the desire to be supportive of his friend. Pretty tough spot for a perpetual preschooler.
Elmo reassures us that he and Zoe are fine, their friendship is solid and all is well.
He just doesn't want to talk about Rocco.
Don't worry everybody! Elmo and Zoe practiced sharing and are still best buds forever! Elmo loves you Zoe! Ha ha ha!\n\nElmo doesn't want to talk about Rocco.— Elmo (@Elmo) 1641416631
He's also still stuck on the cookie thing.
People are loving it.
And people are loving debating the potential deeper elements of Elmo and Zoe's Rocco fiasco.
can it rly be called gaslighting when a little kid just wants to pretend her rock is a person— CHECK PINNED TWEET - forest kiddo\ud83c\udf3f\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\uddf2 (@CHECK PINNED TWEET - forest kiddo\ud83c\udf3f\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\uddf2) 1641329135
Even The Rock himself got into the action, responding to Elmo's tweet about whether a rock can actually eat a cookie. Well played, Dwayne.
Yes, my friend. \nThis Rock devours cookies. \nAll kinds of cookies \nI\u2019ll introduce you to #CheatMeals and it\u2019ll change your life. \nTell Cookie Monster to move it over, cuz I\u2019m coming to Sesame Street to kick ass and eat cookies. \nAnd I\u2019m almost all outta cookies.\n~ Rock https://twitter.com/elmo/status/1478840478409756677\u00a0\u2026— Dwayne Johnson (@Dwayne Johnson) 1641491602
For more Elmo vs. Rocco fun, here's a compilation of some highlights. Enjoy.
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