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D.C.’s ‘Million Puppet March’ To Save PBS

By | Sunday November 4, 2012 @ 6:08am PST

News reports say about 1,000 marchers took part in the ‘Million Puppet March’ held Saturday in Washington DC to counter Mitt Romney’s debate pledge that he would end federal funding for Big Bird and public broadcasting.
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‘Million Muppet March’ Planned In DC To Protect Federal Funding For PBS

By | Friday October 12, 2012 @ 8:19pm PDT

Mitt Romney’s now infamous pledge to eliminate federal funding for PBS despite his affection for Big Bird and Jim Lehrer is getting still more pushback. Today a Los Angeles animation exec and an Idaho student are planning a ‘Million Muppet March’ for November 3rd at the National Mall in Washington DC three days before the election. Reuters reports Animax’s Michael Bellavia and student Chris Mecham came up with the idea separately during the October 3rd debate. Bellavia bought the Internet address www.millionmuppetmarch.com and discovered Mecham already had the Facebook page. The two fans of Sesame Street connected before the debate was over and started planning. PBS received $445 million in federal budget outlays in 2012. Mecham comes from rural Idaho and says public broadcasting is important in sparsely populated areas that receive no other signals over the air. The men concede they may fall short of a million people but “it does seem like we might get close to the biggest ever assemblage of puppets in one place and probably the most ever puppets marching on Washington,” says Bellavia.

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Jon Stewart Batters Obama Campaign’s Big Bird Ad: Video

By | Thursday October 11, 2012 @ 12:50am PDT

First the production company behind Sesame Street wanted President Obama’s campaign to take down the ad they put out Tuesday using Big Bird to slam Mitt Romney’s plan to cut PBS federal funding. Now The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has gone after the incumbent for “using a cartoonish child-like figure to invigorate your campaign” and a certain Will.i.am remix. Watch the video:

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UPDATE: Sesame Workshop Wants Obama’s Big Bird Ad Taken Down

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 10:22am PDT

UPDATE, 10:22 AM: The production company behind Sesame Street is not happy with the new Obama campaign ad slamming Mitt Romney and featuring footage of Big Bird (see it below). “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down,” the company said today on its website. The Obama camp is reviewing Sesame Workshop’s concerns, a campaign aide told Deadline. Big Bird has become part of this year’s presidential contest since Romney reaffirmed in the first debate his plan to cut federal funding to PBS. The GOP candidate said he would make the cut despite his love of Big Bird.

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Presidential Debate Most Tweeted-About Event In US Politics, Big Bird Big Star

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 9:30am PDT

Not only was last night a big night for President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, it was a huge night for Twitter – and Big Bird. According to Twitter’s blog, a record 10 million tweets were posted, making the first of the 2012 presidential debates the most-tweeted about event ever in U.S. politics. Some moments that sparked lively discussion were moderator Jim Lehrer quipping “Let’s not” when Romney requested a topic, Obama, saying “I had 5 seconds” when Lehrer reminds him of the time limit and the discussion about Medicare and vouchers. But the big Twitter winner was Big Bird who generated more than a quarter million tweets after Romney’s statement that he wants to cut federal funding for PBS, home of the Muppet characters, despite his fondness for the tall yellow bird. A chart tracking the night’s Tweets is below.

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