“Sesame Street” to Obama Campaign: “Keep Big Bird Out of Politics”
Uh-huh! Somebody forgot to ask Big Bird for permission.
Sesame Workshop has called on President Barack Obama to shut down a campaign ad featuring Big Bird. The producers of Sesame Street are miffed that the Obama campaign used their iconic character to mock Republican challenger Romney in a new ad.
Sesame Workshop issued a statement politely asking that the television ad be yanked.
“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.”
Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, said the request is being reviewed.
The spot, which hit the small screen on Tuesday, jokingly portrays Romney as the only soul brave enough to fight Big Bird, a “big, yellow menace to our economy.” Sesame Street has aired on PBS since 1969, thanks to federal support. But that could change if the former governor from Massachusetts wins the November election.
“I like PBS. I love Big Bird,” Romney said during last week’s presidential debate. “But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”