The Obama campaign has ruffled Big Bird’s feathers.
“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,” said the statement from the organization behind the popular children’s television show “Sesame Street.”
In response to Wednesday night’s debate, in which GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he would cut government subsidies to PBS, the Obama campaign released an ad slamming Romney for his harsh treatment of Sesame Street. “Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about; it’s Sesame Street,” the ad said, accusing the former governor of viewing the fluffy TV character as being “a menace to our economy.”
This Obama campaign move is just the most recent installment of the “Save Big Bird” movement pushed on social media.
The ad piggybacks off of comments Obama made at a rally in Virginia on Friday. “Governor Romney plans to let Wall Street run wild again, but he’s going to bring down the hammer on ‘Sesame Street’,” the president said.
Putting too much emphasis on Romney’s Big Bird statement could backfire for the Obama campaign. The ad is more like a Saturday Night Live spoof than something released by a real political campaign, and it is actually more humorous than Big Bird’s appearance on SNL over the weekend. The focus on this “issue” could make it look like Obama is not paying attention to the real issues and that could prove detrimental with only 28 days remaining until the election.
In a release to reporters, the Republican National Committee said Obama has mentioned “Sesame Street” characters Big Bird or Elmo 13 times since the first debate and has not touched on Libya or the economy, as reported by The New York Times.
At the time of this article’s posting, the Obama campaign ad was still up on YouTube.