#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 13°C Tuesday 20 October 2020
Advertisement

VIDEO: Sesame Street ask Barack Obama to take down Big Bird ad

The Barack Obama campaign has made an ad mocking Mitt Romney over his Big Bird comments – but Sesame Street isn’t happy.

"I usually vote independent, to be honest"
Image: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

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.

A lot of people weren’t so sure. Since the debate, there have been parody Twitter accounts, memes, and many bad jokes about how Romney is going after the real enemy by focusing on 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:


(Video: BarackObamadotcom/YouTube)

Read: Obama mocks his own debate fiasco >

Read: Internet rallies to defence of Big Bird but Romney insists he loves him >

Read next:

COMMENTS (12)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel