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The We Are Family Foundation produced a cover version of the Sister Sledge song "We Are Family", featuring more than 100 well-known children's characters, to promote diversity and tolerance. The video debuted as a public service announcement on Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and PBS on March 11, 2002, and was issued as an educational DVD free to US public and private elementary schools in March 2005.

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A publicity still from the "We Are Family" video.

The song and video featured the Muppets, Sesame Street, and Bear in the Big Blue House characters together with stars from other children's shows.

The project was coordinated by former Chic lead guitarist Nile Rodgers, co-producer and co-writer of the song "We Are Family" and founder of the We Are Family Foundation, Christopher Cerf and Bear in the Big Blue House creator Mitchell Kriegman.

"We Are Family - A Musical Message for All"

"We Are Family - A Musical Message for All"

Publicity for the video was largely hijacked by U.S.conservative groups, saying it was a vehicle for "pro-gay propaganda". Focus on the Family commented that they "see the video as an insidious means by which the organisation is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids".

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Casts of Sesame Street, Bear, and Between the Lionson the street

Characters

The Muppets

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Dr. Teeth, Penguins, Floyd

Sesame Street

Big Bird, Elmo, Hoots the Owl, Oscar the Grouch, Telly Monster, Zoe, Baby Bear, Grover, Snuffy, Alice, Rosita, Count von Count, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Lulu, Chickens, Bob, Linda, Gordon, Alan

Bear in the Big Blue House

Bear, Ojo, Tutter, Pip and Pop, Treelo, Jeremiah Tortoise, Keisha, Luke

Non-Muppet productions

Barney & FriendsBetween the LionsHigglytown HeroesOut of the BoxRolie Polie OlieArthurJoJo's CircusThe Koala BrothersThe Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy GeniusRugratsDragon TalesThe Magic School BusPB&J OtterSpongeBob SquarePantsDora the ExplorerThe BackyardigansOswaldBob the BuilderThe Book of PoohStanleyBlue's RoomBlue's CluesClifford the Big Red DogKim PossibleThe Proud FamilyLazyTownLilo & Stitch: the SeriesMadelineLittle BillThe Fairly OddParentsZoomSagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, Peep and the Big Wide World, Toddworld, George Shrinks, Timothy Goes to School, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, Seven Little Monsters, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, The Save-Ums!, Teletubbies, Connie the Cow, The Tweenies, Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, Pingu, Kipper, Caillou, Angelmouse, Sergeant Stripes, James The Cat, Garfield and Friends, Doris, Rosie & Ruff in Puppydog Tales, Pablo the Little Red Fox, Archibald the Koala, Mr. Men and Little Miss, Meeow!, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Junglies, Philbert Frog, Gordon the Garden Gnome, Little Robots, Rubbadubbers, Feodor (TV series), Nellie the Elephant, Stuart Little: The Animated Series, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Bobby's World, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Pecola, Chalkzone, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Animal Stories, Charlie and Lola, Upstairs Downstairs Bears, Percy the Park Keeper, Timbuctoo, Fireman Sam, Postman Pat, Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, Little Bear, Franklin, Danger Mouse, Kablam!, Doug, Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, Maisy, Zoboomafoo, Spider (1991 TV series), Cyberchase, Maya & Miguel, As Told By Ginger, Hey Arnold!, Rocket Power, Bump (TV series), William's Wish Wellingtons, Bananas in Pyjamas, Veggietales, 3-2-1 Penguins, Pelswick, The Raccoons

Human Stars

Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Nile Rodgers and Diana Ross
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