As you may already know (especially from my Throwback Thursday posts), I love anything to do with pop culture from the 2000’s. I don’t know why; maybe it’s because I was a little kid in the 2000’s, so a lot of my memories stem from that decade.
Naturally, I’m apart of a few 2000’s groups on Facebook that have a couple thousand members each (it’s a huge demographic I’m telling you!). And this morning I was scrolling through my newsfeed as usual, when this one video caught my eye.
One of the most iconic songs ever (the 1979 Sister Sledge classic “We Are Family”), covered by over 100 children’s TV characters we’ve all come to know and love over the past decade. You may remember seeing it on TV quite some time ago, as several kid’s TV channels (PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Disney Channel) all came together to air this along with their normal programming 🙂
I know for a fact that some (if not all) of these were my favorite TV shows throughout my childhood… Out of the Box… The Proud Family… Kim Possible… Barney… Sesame Street… The Book of Pooh… there are way too many to name. Even Bear in the Big Blue House was featured (impromptu Broadway-esque musical numbers aside, I still think it’s one of the better kids shows out there). Yes, the featured characters definitely help indicate the age of the clip (it was released sometime in 2002), as most of these shows have been off the air for decades.
But aside from the nostalgia, this music video has an important social message that’s still prominent to this day.
The “We Are Family” campaign (which is still around today; I looked up the website address in the video LOL!) is all about tolerance. It’s about accepting one another– regardless of race, religion, gender, or any other differences. And even though this video was released over a decade ago, I think it’s a message that we need now more than ever, especially in a time where division and racism is still occurring across the world.
To sum up what I’m trying to say, the introductory voiceover (who I couldn’t identify despite all my knowledge of 2000’s pop culture) said it best: “Family is all of us… coming together as one.” And I think in today’s day and age, where division and segregation is still occurring across the world, this is something we all need to remember.