Sesame Workshop asks Obama campaign to remove Big Bird ad

The Obama campaign has ruffled Big Bird’s feathers.

In a statement released on their website, Sesame Workshop has asked the Obama campaign to take down its new Romney-bashing Big Bird advertisement.

“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.

Comments

17 Responses to “Sesame Workshop asks Obama campaign to remove Big Bird ad”

  1. stephanie says:

    Are you kidding me? The democrats are getting really desperate. “Romney isn’t worried about wall street, he’s worried about sesame street” ONLY INCREDIBLY stupid people would see it that way. He said he would cut funding ot PBS… PUBLIC BROADCASTING SYSTEM… which means that it should be funded by THE PUBLIC DONATIONS, NOT our tax dollars and he is RIGHT! Obama, you are pathetic and you falling in the poles and this attack on Romney is perfect evidence of your failure as a president. Obama, you are making this about who is worse because you have already proven to be crap for this economy, maybe because you’re too busy appearing on talk shows and making jokes… but the last time I checked, you weren’t elected to be a comedian or an entertainer which is all you HAVE been

    • Corrin says:

      Tax dollars IS public money, that we have all paid. PBS shows a lot more than just “Sesame Street”. If we put more of our tax dollars into education and public awareness, we would have a stronger and more educated nation. Only “INCREDIBLY STUPID” people would think that a candidate such as Romney, who spews blatant lies and bashing simply to win, would be good for our country. Despite how anyone may feel about our president’s policies, you’re an idiot for thinking someone who had been shown to be a blatant liar throughout his campaign is an improvement.

    • Stephanie says:

      I totally agree with you, stephanie (must be the name XD). our tax dollars already go to enough stupid stuff; while PBS is a good source of educational shows for kids, we shouldn’t be pouring money into them. That is the definition of “public broadcasting”: it’s funded by THE PUBLIC – people that want to donate.

      • Alex says:

        Define “pouring in money”. The current PBS subsidy is a bit less than a quarter of a billion dollars per year. In contrast, the federal debt rises over $4 billion each day. This means that for every year we didn’t subsidize PBS, we would have about 6 hours of economic integrity. PBS offers quality programming. I don’t think it’s worth those 6 hours.

        Rather, we should question why we spend more on the military’s A/C budget than NASA’s total budget (and probably PBS’s) combined. The bottom line is, I think Romney is the better choice here, and I actually think he has some half decent ideas, but he also has to realize that making one or two bold measures to cut down our spending isn’t going to offset everything he has planned. I’m sick of Obama’s ads consistently calling him a liar about the $5 trillion supposed tax cut, but he hasn’t offered much at all regarding how he’s going to pay for this while bolstering the military at the same time.

  2. Theo says:

    The fact that their conflicts have come to this should be a note to start looking into the third-party candidates that have been blackened out of having any voice, except through the internet, which who knows if that will be censored too by the time next election comes, the way things have been going.

  3. Josh says:

    Guys get a fucking life Romney sucks end of discussion.

  4. jessica says:

    why so wrong with sesame street its a kid show haha, go obama legalize mary jane. <3

  5. Sam says:

    Dude, just because he’s pointing out Obama’s failure doesn’t automatically make someone for Romney. I think they’re both TERRIBLE choices for the US. we don’t need either of those waste of times.

  6. Brandon Johns says:

    Josh, Obama sucks, end of discussion. Why are you on a site like this if you are an Obamatron anyway??

  7. Adam says:

    I have an Idea, Why dont we stop bashing one another for our political views. You want to have a voice go vote. The last thing this country needs is to be divided due to political views. If I remember correctlly our constatution, and bill of rights state that we have the right to voice our opinion, and I have served in our countries military to preserve those rights, but I hate to see my fellow country men stating that this person is a “fuckin asshole” or “idiot” just because they feel that one person or the other has a better idea on how to run this country. We need to respect our brothers, and sisters point of views, and not judge. Last time I checked we all are not perfect. I dont care who you are!!!Get out and vote, and stop the hate, this is the last thing this country needs is hate towards one another!! Lets show some respect people.

  8. Grace says:

    OH MY GOD YOU GUYS. Stop saying that PBS should be funded by public donations. Not everyone likes to donate and watch Sesame Street. Half the people out there don’t want to donate because it’s too much trouble. PBS is an EDUCATIONAL THING. Stop thinking that it’s all cartoons and kid shows. There are adult documentaries on PBS too, you know. Every show teaches something to little kids am if you don’t see it with your point of view, look at it with a three year old’s point of view. They count, use bigger words than ‘yes’ ‘no’ and ‘ok’. When my brother was three, he liked Sesame Street so much HE FREAKING LEARNED HOW TO USE A VCR AND KNEW WHAT TAPE HAD WHAT SHOW. How many three year olds do you know NOW that can use a VCR orDVD on their own AND know which tape has which show? How many? Yeah, that’s right. Probably no one.

  9. Ashley says:

    I think it is crazy Obama’s wife is all about getting rid of obesity yet they are mocking Romney for trying to make the public pay for a public station. If people are seriously defending using $500,000,000 on a show good for kids, maybe they should consider getting those kids off the couch and outside? Seriously, if you can’t afford to donate to PBS to keep them on the air then maybe you should be finding alternative means for entertainment, maybe healthier means.

  10. Ben says:

    The fact that everyone is talking about public education needing more funding to be more effective makes me wonder how smart our public education makes us. I am so glad that funding is directly correlated to educational success!……. oh wait….

    Good thing both of the candidates are basically the same so both of the party’s sheep can argue about less than .00001% of the budget that is over $1 trillion dollars in deficit. Baa on sheep, Baa on.

  11. Bob says:

    All this talk about public paying for a public station is exactly what is happing. Our tax dollars are public dollars. Government is public. The funny thing is, we’re all talking about a 1 billion dollars subsidy to a non profit organization thats only purpose is education. Meanwhile, companies such BP receive tens of billions in government subsidies on top of tens of billions in profits and, pay no taxes. So, maybe if these company which according to Mitt Romney “are people my friend” if they would pay there fair share in taxes, we might have a bigger revenue to then invest in our kids.

  12. MissVelia says:

    We’re trillions of dollars in debt and democrats have the nerve to whine about not having PBS. That really is desperate. And it should be funded by public donations. The people are paying for it either way. If it loses funding, that just says we don’t want to pay for it. And…the more troubling thing is…what really does this add say about Obama? Any strong points about any key issues? No. It doesn’t say much. No one is going to vote solely based off the “PBS controversy” if such a thing exists. In fact, it is more a joke than anything else. And our president is spending money to make it and put it out there. That’s hypocritical.

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