While I do love the Muppets, one has to wonder…. They got their start and notoriety on PBS, on stations funded, in part, by the US Government’s tax dollars. Now, how many dollars have they made on merchandising, books, games, toys and licensing rights to these adorable creatures. Seems to me like A WHOLE LOT!!!! Now, the dirty little secret… How much have they paid back to pay for all that free airtime they got at the taxpayers expense?? Yeah, I thought so.
You appear to be confusing two separate groups. Not surprising, since the article called them muppets.
Sesame Street employs puppets in shapes that are sometimes monsters.
Muppets are the monster puppets of Jim Henson, IE Kermit, Fozzie the Bear, Miss Piggy, Animal, etc.
Sesame Street got started on PBS, is still on PBS, and provides a large chunk of funding for PBS.
Muppets are/were a trademark of a private company that had little, if anything, to do with PBS.
Since I assume you meant Sesame Street has gotten a lot of money from merchandising, here is the dirty little secret: That money is used to fund PBS. The government does not cover the entire costs of PBS, which includes radio as well as TV. That is why those stations do pledge drives and merchandize the crap outta what they can.
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