i see so much of Julia Burnsides fanart revolving around the line “this chair smells like Grandma’s” and it upsets me because when i was listening to the ep i heard it as “this chair smells like grandmas”, which implies not that Magnus built a chair that reminded Julia of her grandmother but that Julia thinks lavender smells like grandmothers, in general, and honestly i think that’s a far more accurate description of a woman who would marry Magnus Burnsides
Julia is played by puppeteer Stacey Gordon, herself a mother of a son with autism. Gordon told Stahl she traveled to New York from her home in Arizona to audition for the part.
She said the fact that an autistic character is being included on the show is “huge.”
“It means that our kids are important enough to be seen in society,” she told 60 Minutes. “Having Julia on the show and seeing all of the characters treat her with compassion.”
She said that she hopes that kids will better understand autistic children, like her son, after seeing Julia on the show.
“Had my son’s friends been exposed to his behaviors through something that they had seen on TV before they experienced them in the classroom, they might not have been frightened,” she said. “They might not have been worried when he cried. They would have known that he plays in a different way and that that’s okay.”
It was very respectful and accurate to how autism is (especially as a kid).
If you want to see more content with Julia:
Here’s a video with Julia and Abby. Julia is shown hand flapping almost the entire time and Abby is very supportive! The hand flapping is normalized and shown as something positive rather than as a burden!
Here’s another videowhere Julia is first introduced to Elmo’s friend, Abby! Abby was like Big Bird at first and thought that Julia didn’t like her, but after Elmo explains that Abby just needs to ask Julia to play with fewer words, they get right into having fun!
Here’s another video with Julia, showing her problems with eye contact and how Elmo shows that you can still have fun with her despite this! And that playing doesn’t always have to be face to face!
Here’s a video with Julia and Abby having fun with bubbles! Julia gets a bit sad when there’s no more bubbles so she tries out her own way of making them!
Sesame street has done A LOT of videos on autism and acceptance! And almost every video dealing with autism is titled with positive words such as “amazing” and “awesome”!
I wish people wouldn’t just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion. People see Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me. You add race to it, and it became, ‘Well she’s too Asian’, or ‘She’s too American’. I kind of got pushed out of both categories. It’s a very strange place to be. You’re not Asian enough and then you’re not American enough.