How Mister Rogers’ quiet grace made him an unlikely hero

But while Rogers’ words were comforting, his image still hadn’t become an icon, as Neville recalled during The Envelope’s live chat. “He’s been kind of a quintessential cultural punchline for the last few decades, and if you look at the way he’s been mentioned, it’s often a punchline and he’s sort of a two-dimensional Milquetoast character,” the director told the crowd. “Like most people, I haven’t thought of him for decades [after watching his show]and if so, then because I made fun of him too. “

But when he saw one of the many speeches Rogers had given throughout his career, a switch was thrown. “It was late at night and I saw it,” he recalled, “and in the end I said,” Oh my god, that’s the voice that I miss. Nobody stands up for these things. “” ”

And these things he stood up for? You have never felt so important. In the course of Mister Rogers ‘neighborhood, Rogers’ mission to ensure that every single child who is watching, just like Grandpa McFeely all those years ago, knew how particularly exposed they were at times to the criticism that caused a bloated sense of self-importance in them of youth. But always, always, in his next breath, he reminded the children that their neighbor was special too.

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