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Sesame Street on Big Bird Political Ad: Take It Down
CNS News ^ | October 9, 2012 | Melanie Hunter

Posted on 10/09/2012 4:27:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The Sesame Workshop apparently is calling on the campaign of President Barack Obama to take down an ad that uses the character “Big Bird” to criticize Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

“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 Sesame Workshop said on its website today.

While the statement does not name "Big Bird" or the Obama campaign, the only ad currently running with the Sesame Street character is one put out by the Obama campaign.

Sesame Workshop is the PBS-affiliated nonprofit educational organization behind the show Sesame Street.

The ad in question apparently was produced in response to Romney’s pledge during the first presidential debate last week to end taxpayer subsidies to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).


The ad names Bernie Madoff and Ken Lay as “criminals and gluttons of greed.” The narrator then says, “And the evil genius who towered over them,” showing an outline of Big Bird.

“One man has the guts to speak his name,” the narrator states. Then, Romney is shown on three separate occasions saying, “Big Bird.”

Cut to: Big Bird – “It’s me, Big Bird.”

“Big. Yellow. A Menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about – it’s Sesame Street,” the announcer says.

The ad then shows Romney during the presidential debate: “I’m going to stop the subsidies to PBS.”

“Mitt Romney, taking on our enemies no matter where they nest,” the narrator says in closing, and then the ad cuts to a picture of Big Bird sitting in his nest on “Sesame Street.”

TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues
KEYWORDS: bigbird; debates; obama; romney
IIRC, those men were put in jail by President Bush, not the Kenyan Keystone Kops.
1 posted on 10/09/2012 4:27:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The ad isn’t working or you wouldn’t hear a peep from big birdie.

2 posted on 10/09/2012 4:35:11 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ha, ha,ha,ha,ha....

Yo Sezamee Streat...yoor copyrights done been infridged......

3 posted on 10/09/2012 4:37:31 PM PDT by thingumbob (I'm a bitter clinger...I dare you to take my gun)
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To: thingumbob


Now the question is did Sesame say they could use it, and then changed their minsds or did Obama use it with absolutely no permission at all?

Surely someone there knew they were breaking copyright laws.

4 posted on 10/09/2012 4:50:13 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Methinks the bird doth protest too much.

5 posted on 10/09/2012 5:00:33 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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