The “Sesame Street” character Cookie Monster is being used by neo-Nazis to recruit young people, according to an NBC News report pointing to a case in Germany.
“After months of investigation, we were able to arrest a well-known right-wing extremist dressed in a Cookie Monster costume, while he and an accomplice were handing out leaflets that read 'To Be German Is Cool’ at a local school in Senftenberg,” a police spokeswoman in the German state of Brandenburg told NBC News.
Police searched the homes of the extremists and found an image on one of their computers that showed Cookie Monster standing next to Adolf Hitler, with the caption, “Who ate my cookie?”
“We are presently trying to identify whether the two men can be linked to 20 other incidents that involved the Cookie Monster,” the police spokeswoman said.
Since last fall, German police have been searching for the people behind short Internet videos that featured the character, the story notes.
"These extremists are trying to trivialize their dangerous ideology by using simple language, by creating ironic cartoons and by increasingly using social media to reach adolescents," the police spokeswoman said.