Digiday reports that the beloved children's TV series Sesame Street, now entering its 46th season, maintains social media profiles for some of its most popular characters. But have these lovable, furry puppets, dreamed up by Jim Henson in the late '60s, managed to find a loyal fanbase on the Internet?
Yes, they have, and how. As of press time, Cookie Monster's Facebook page has a staggering count of 9.4 million likes — making him nearly 10 times as popular on the social networking site as 2016 presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who's accumulated just 984,286.
The 44th First Lady is not alone. On Facebook, the dessert-loving Muppet also outperforms the New York Yankees (8.3 million likes), Burger King (7.2 million likes), and surprisingly many heavyweight celebrities. (More on them later.)
Cookie Monster is in fact the breakout social media star of Sesame Street, handily besting Elmo by nearly 3.5 million likes.
To put the scale of Cookie Monster's Facebook presence into perspective, here's an utterly random selection of 30 actors, musicians, and politicians with verified Facebook pages who — despite being very, very famous — fall short of the Sesame Street character's achievement.
It's worth noting that, unsurprisingly, Clinton's Facebook is growing at a rate that far exceeds Cookie Monster's. His total page likes are up 0.1% over the last week; hers are up 5.5%.
Also, while the Sesame Street website links only to characters' Facebook pages, seemingly official — albeit unverified — Twitter accounts for some of the show's puppets do exist.
Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.