Skip to comments.Sesame Street on Big Bird Political Ad: Take It Down
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 Romneys pledge during the first presidential debate last week to end taxpayer subsidies to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
(VIDEO AT LINK)
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 Its me, Big Bird.
Big. Yellow. A Menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows its not Wall Street you have to worry about its Sesame Street, the announcer says.
The ad then shows Romney during the presidential debate: Im 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.
The ad isn’t working or you wouldn’t hear a peep from big birdie.
Yo Sezamee Streat...yoor copyrights done been infridged......
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.
Methinks the bird doth protest too much.