IT WAS ONE of the only missteps by Mitt Romney during last week’s presidential debate against Barack Obama.
At one point during the debate Romney said he wanted to cut the government subsidy to PBS, the public service broadcaster in the US – but insisted that he still loved Sesame Street, which is shown on the channel, and its star Big Bird.
Now, the Barack Obama campaign has joined in.
In this video released today, the campaign promises that Mitt Romney is the man who will “take on our enemies” by putting a stop to Big Bird (“Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy”).
However Sesame Street isn’t happy about the ad. In an update posted on its blog this evening, the Sesame Workshop said that it has asked for the ad to be taken down.
“Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns,” the update said.
“We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down”.
Watch it here before it goes: