Skip to comments.'Million Muppet March' Planned in Washington D.C. to Support Public Broadcasting
Posted on 10/13/2012 11:55:39 AM PDT by Red Steel
On Saturday, Nov. 3, Chris Mecham and Michael Bellavia will likely be holding signs in Washington D.C.'s National Mall that read, respectively, "I am Bert" and "I am Ernie."
They hope you join them.
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The duo were brought together after Mitt Romney infamously uttered the words "Big Bird" during the first presidential debate. Now they're organizing the Million Muppet March to show solidarity for "keeping full employment for all Muppets" by continuing public broadcasting funding -- which Romney plans to axe if elected.
Bellavia and Mecham described to The Hollywood Reporter their impromptu plans for the assembly, to be held on the National Mall at the nation's capital.
Even "if it's just the two of us with puppets in Washington D.C., I'm happy," said Bellavia, president of Animax Entertainment. Bellavia, based in Los Angeles, and Mecham, a writer and student at Boise State in Idaho, both had the idea of creating a Million Muppet March after Romney's remark.
After finding out that the other person had already created a web presence for the event (Reuters noted that Bellavia bought the domain name for the March while Mecham created a Facebook page) they decided to cooperate to make it a reality.
"Niether of us is a community organizer," Bellavia said. But, if "likes" are any indication, they might be getting some company in the capital: more than 11,000 people have given the thumbs up on the event's official Facebook page, and 440+ people have RSVP'd for the event on the social-networking site so far.
"The route is to be finalized early next week but the aim is to gather on the Mall likely near the Smithsonian and walk with puppets in tow to the western grassy area by the Capitol building," Bellavia noted.
"The ultimate mission is to show support for public media and public broadcasting," he said. Though public broadcasters like PBS, which airs Sesame Street, have been in the crosshairs of budget hawks, Romney's "Big Bird" comment regnited the debate about continued funding.
President Obama's campaign has even aired an ad starring Big Bird that mocked Romney for cracking down on Sesame Street instead of Wall Street.
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Mecham, who will be visiting the nation's capital for the first time, hopes that the March will draw "everyone from the young families with kids who understand the value of PBS Kids television programming, to retirees--the generation of citizens that built America's public broadcasting network and who know its value to democracy and to national security."
"We also want puppets there. And people dressed in full mascot outfits," Bellavia added.
Oh God...not more liberals with stupid puppets!
I guess this is the Occupy Sesame Street movement!
Perhaps Public Television can try something we conservatives have been doing for centuries...earn your own money.
It’s called making a profit.
I’ll keep mine for more useful things...none of them liberal.
Puppets are more important than people? Millions of Americans are out of work, and all the Liberals care about is one puppet - who earns about $400,000 per year.
Let them march.
We’ll just vote.
It sure is more fun coordinating Communist protest marches around the world than attending security briefings and making real life or death decisions.
just in time for halloween
Stupid people. The puppet folks have made more money then the national debt.
Little puppets supporting a big Puppet.
A Million Muppet March..LOL this is how you know the Democrat Party is DONE..soon enough they will be demanding free abortions and birth control for the Muppets on Seseme Street
I thought Million Muppet March was the name of the president’s political party?
“Muppet’s March on Washington To Demand Chinese Money”
If that many people actually contributed to public broadcasting, it wouldn’t need government handouts.
So, so far they're less than 999,560 muppets shy of their goal?
The marching orders are out...
"If you're a muppet, who's hand is up your ass?"
Million Muppet March? Bull cookies ... Muppets aren’t the problem but will give the political bent of PBS cover. Marxist crap like Moyers and Co is what needs defunding.
Wall Street earns money (Capitalism). These people are asking for the government to take money under threat of government force from people and give it to them (communism).
Sesame Street can easily earn its own money too.