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'Million Muppet March' Planned in Washington D.C. to Support Public Broadcasting
Holly Wood reporter ^ | 7:14 PM PDT 10/12/2012 | Erik Hayden

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. 

VIDEO:  It's Official: Big Bird Was the Star of the First Presidential Debate

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.

STORY: Mitt Romney Says 'I Love Big Bird,' But Threatens PBS Funding Cuts in Debate

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; democrats; obamafiddles; puppetsforobama

1 posted on 10/13/2012 11:55:49 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Oh God...not more liberals with stupid puppets!


2 posted on 10/13/2012 11:58:00 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.)
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To: Red Steel

I guess this is the Occupy Sesame Street movement!


3 posted on 10/13/2012 11:59:14 AM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Red Steel

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.


4 posted on 10/13/2012 12:00:18 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Red Steel

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.


5 posted on 10/13/2012 12:00:29 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Red Steel

Let them march.

We’ll just vote.


6 posted on 10/13/2012 12:00:48 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We should ignore the absurd peripheral, and focus on the absurd Obama. People died. He lied!)
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To: Red Steel

It sure is more fun coordinating Communist protest marches around the world than attending security briefings and making real life or death decisions.


7 posted on 10/13/2012 12:05:00 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Red Steel

just in time for halloween


8 posted on 10/13/2012 12:07:15 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Red Steel

Stupid people. The puppet folks have made more money then the national debt.


9 posted on 10/13/2012 12:07:54 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Red Steel

Little puppets supporting a big Puppet.


10 posted on 10/13/2012 12:11:13 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Red Steel

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


11 posted on 10/13/2012 12:11:21 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: All

I thought Million Muppet March was the name of the president’s political party?


12 posted on 10/13/2012 12:12:01 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (E pluribus biden)
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To: Red Steel
From 2003 to 2006, 'Sesame Street' made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.
13 posted on 10/13/2012 12:16:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Red Steel

“Muppet’s March on Washington To Demand Chinese Money”


14 posted on 10/13/2012 12:22:55 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Red Steel

If that many people actually contributed to public broadcasting, it wouldn’t need government handouts.


15 posted on 10/13/2012 12:26:00 PM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Red Steel
"and 440+ people have RSVP'd for the event on the social-networking site so far. "

So, so far they're less than 999,560 muppets shy of their goal?

16 posted on 10/13/2012 12:26:56 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Red Steel

The marching orders are out...

17 posted on 10/13/2012 12:29:50 PM PDT by mikrofon (Puppets of the Gov't)
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To: Salamander
I'd love to be there.

"If you're a muppet, who's hand is up your ass?"

18 posted on 10/13/2012 12:31:10 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Red Steel

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.


19 posted on 10/13/2012 12:38:28 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Red Steel
"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."

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.

20 posted on 10/13/2012 12:38:35 PM PDT by GregoTX (Federalist)
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To: Red Steel

Someone needs to bring about 20 pissed off pit bulls to this parade.


21 posted on 10/13/2012 12:38:56 PM PDT by gotribe (He's a mack-daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV415yit7Zg)
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To: Red Steel

Public Broadcasting IS NOT PUBLIC ANYMORE..
It is a for profit corporation like any other for profit corporation..

EXCEPT for federal graft they lobby for and Get..
Same thing for AARP... but AARP is even WORSE...

Both should be de-funded AND AUDITED..
Little doubt there is MUCH corruption going on there..


22 posted on 10/13/2012 12:40:29 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Red Steel

Maybe these million morons could cough up some of THEIR OWN money for PBS, instead of traveling to Washington. Donate the travel money instead of going!


23 posted on 10/13/2012 12:57:50 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("I'm a graduate of rock&roll, Class of '58!" Al Stewart)
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To: Red Steel

A million Muppets, who will control all of those sticks they use to make movements.

Democrats are puppets and Muppets. String and Sticks will be scarce in Washington that day.


24 posted on 10/13/2012 12:59:22 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Cowboy Bob

>> and all the Liberals care about is one puppet - who earns about $400,000 per year.

They need their idols. This one happens to be an annoying, overgrown bird — and apparently a 1%er.


25 posted on 10/13/2012 1:08:11 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Red Steel
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."

Who are those MUPPET MOLESTING FOOLS? Never heard of them...

26 posted on 10/13/2012 1:09:51 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: Red Steel

At least this time the Democrats won’t be shutting down millions of acres of agricultural land to save a bird like the spotted owl, they’ll only be shutting down traffic on a few streets in Washington to save a bird puppet.

Meanwhile, while pro-Big Bird Obama supporters are marching around Washington in full party mode on the Saturday before the election, thousands of anti-Big Bird, anti-government-spending Romney supporters will be knocking on prospective voters’ doors, explaining to them the madness of spending millions of their tax-payer dollars to support a bird that can take care of itself.


27 posted on 10/13/2012 1:23:37 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: Red Steel

If this has even HALF the “turnout” of the homosexual kiss-ins at Chick-Fil-A, I would be shocked.


28 posted on 10/13/2012 2:08:38 PM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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Another excuse for the occupy crowd to dress up and look silly. There are no adults in the Dem party. Massive arrested development.


29 posted on 10/13/2012 2:18:25 PM PDT by Jenny217
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To: Red Steel

I wonder, I wonder... can we set’em afire?? Or are these things flame-retardant?


30 posted on 10/13/2012 2:36:05 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Red Steel

Time for these characters to work in the private sector.

What, too risky? Afraid to fail? Hey, you’ll probably make even more money. Then you can give as much taxes as you want to the gummint! Won’t that be cool!


31 posted on 10/13/2012 4:40:59 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Salamander

Abort puppets, not humans.

Am I allowed to say that?


32 posted on 10/13/2012 4:42:14 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Stupid people. The puppet folks have made more money then the national debt.

LOL! Yeah, I'd be curious to know the annual earnings of the Children's Television Workshop. If they have ANY brains about them, they must be earning a fortune from the sales of toys connected to their shows. Just think about how many 'Tickle Me Elmo', Thomas the Tank Engine', and 'Dora the Explorer' must be sold every year.

33 posted on 10/13/2012 5:23:31 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

http://washingtonexaminer.com/too-big-bird-to-fail/article/2510253

...Sesame Street is big business by the way. In 2011, it got $45 million in donations for its programming, $47 million from licensing Sesame Street products, and another $42 million in distribution fees and royalties. Sesame’s 2011 total revenue was $134 million. About $19 million of that comes from federal sources, only $1.5 million of which is PBS.

Sesame Workshop’s total assets are valued at $289 million — more than Mitt Romney’s reported net worth of $250 million. In short, the PBS money is little more than birdseed and cookie crumbs.

So, if it isn’t owned by PBS and doesn’t need its money, why doesn’t Sesame Street just run on a cable channel like the Discovery Network? In fact, it already does. In 2004, Sesame Workshop partnered with Comcast and others to create Sprout, a 24-hour commercial kids channel that you can probably find in the three-digit section of your cable channels.

PBS wants to keep Sesame Street because it is so popular that it helps justify the existence of the entire network. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS, gets $450 million annually from the government...


34 posted on 10/13/2012 5:34:37 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Red Steel

yeah, so why don’t they take some of the money made from Muppet movies and divert that to pbs?


35 posted on 10/13/2012 5:36:20 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: Red Steel

Sesame Street is a one percenter!


36 posted on 10/13/2012 5:37:41 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Red Steel

Sesame Street is a one percenter!


37 posted on 10/13/2012 5:37:41 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Red Steel

Sesame Street is a one percenter!


38 posted on 10/13/2012 5:37:54 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Red Steel

Sesame Street is a one percenter!


39 posted on 10/13/2012 5:38:05 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Red Steel

Sesame Street is a one percenter!


40 posted on 10/13/2012 5:38:05 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Red Steel

Sesame Street is a one percenter!


41 posted on 10/13/2012 5:38:08 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

Sometimes I hate FR! It doesn’t register that I’ve posted and so I hit post again.

It has to e the easiest thing to program “No identical posts.” You know, same exact everything from same sender.


42 posted on 10/13/2012 5:39:48 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Red Steel

HEY as long as Downtown Abby come back
for January 2013 I be happy LOL!

I want see Maggie Smith smack Shirley McLaine botox face LOL!


43 posted on 10/13/2012 7:01:27 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: jjotto
PBS wants to keep Sesame Street because it is so popular that it helps justify the existence of the entire network. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS, gets $450 million annually from the government...

Exactly. I've noticed the argument lately has become "we need to keep public funding for these programs because PBS is the channel that EVERYONE can access. They're arguing that poor people need to be able to watch the kinds of shows on PBS that other people have to pay for on cable channels. I guess those folks don't realize that there are not many households in this country that DON'T have cable, even among the so called 'poor'.

But there are folks who will continue to support PBS, and that's fine. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting can fund the network with the sales of DVDs of their programs, and throw a little advertising on the programs as well. Heck, they already do that with Masterpiece Theatre! Viking Tours has a short ad at the beginning and end of the program, and I don't have a problem with that. If they don't want advertisements on their childrens' programming, that's ok. They make plenty of money off the toys and educational items based on those shows even without any advertising, as the figures in your post show very clearly.

PBS could fund itself rather well, if it had to do so.

44 posted on 10/13/2012 7:30:28 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

The $450 million that PBS is vastly understated. There’s huge amounts funneled through National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, special grants, pressure on state governments to contribute, etc.

In addition to extravagant salaries paid to all the bigwigs in public broadcasting, their program providers have become multimillionaires. Garrison Keillor, Steve Smith (Red Green), Ken Burns and many others have won life’s lottery in public broadcasting.


45 posted on 10/14/2012 7:01:58 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Red Steel

Back in the days of Free Republic activism, there was an effort to take on the media. There was always a hue and cry to end PBS.

We learned that PBS and NPR are defended with multiple layers of barbed wire and sand bag emplcements with machine guns and flame throwers placed to support each other and destroy attackers at a distance.

This planned demonstration is an example of that capability.

The place to destroy the left dominated PBS/NPR stations is at the state level where governors control the institutions that host the TV and Radio broadcast stations.


46 posted on 10/14/2012 7:07:30 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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