Elmo’s wellness check turned into a mass online trauma dump

February 5, 2024

Big Bird is big again, finally. It was a long week for the Internet’s favorite yellow bird, who spent days grappling with an existential crisis that sent social media spiraling. So during that emotional time, Elmo decided to do a wellness check on the not-bird app, X, reports Mashable.

“Elmo is just checking in! How is everybody doing?” Elmo asked the Internet on Monday, January 29.

“Not good,” users answered back, en masse.

Barely one month into 2024, and the Internet dumps trauma on Elmo. What was supposed to be a friendly check-in turned into a virtual therapy session as users on X spilled their woes to the beloved Sesame Street character—who is still only three years old—and lamented why life isn’t “life-ing” like it used to.

The people are struggling with rent, bills, heartbreak, and a looming presidential election between two guys who seem extremely out of touch with voters.

As just a few of the multitude of answers posted to America’s favorite red Muppet demonstrate, Elmo caught us at a really bad time:

  • Look, Elmo, it’s been a really long year;
  • Elmo, [I am] going to bed after being trauma-dumped on all day;
  • Elmo, life is just hard;
  • Tired, Elmo, we are tired;
  • It’s lot of mess happening right now, Elmo, we been better;
  • I guess I … I’m afraid Elmo; and
  • Elmo, we’re barely holding on.

Even the President of the United States got involved in the mass mental health discussion: “I know how hard it is some days to sweep the clouds away and get to sunnier days,” Biden posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “Our friend Elmo is right: We have to be there for each other, offer our help to a neighbor in need and, above all else, ask for help when we need it. Even though it’s hard, you’re never alone.”

Did Elmo ask for 50,000 quote tweets trauma dumping on him on a random Monday? No. Was it a necessary check-in? Yes. To his credit, Elmo doesn’t seem to be too bothered by it.

“Wow! Elmo is glad he asked! Elmo learned that it is important to ask a friend how they are doing. Elmo will check in again soon, friends! Elmo loves you,” Elmo posted on X.

But now the big question is has anyone asked how Elmo is doing? We’ll circle back when the Internet checks up on the big red guy.

Research contact: @mashable