Big Bird March Scheduled To Keep The 1%er On Government Dole


I've not heard so much talk about Big Bird and Sesame Street since I was six years old! Ever since the first presidential debate this year, when Mitt Romney mentioned Big Bird, with reference to his desire to pull funding for PBS, something about the big yellow bird has been in the news on a daily basis. Now it looks like some "bird brain" has come up with a wacky idea to march on Washington, D.C., in support of Big Bird, on November 3, just three days before the election.

Though Romney's call for stripping subsidizing of PBS only really amounts to about $280 million, which is hardly any significant cut, there are still those determined to keep Big Bird on the government dole.

Reuters reports,

Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on U.S. public television's "Sesame Street," from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the "Million Muppet March."

The demonstration is planned for Nov. 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election.

Before the presidential debate between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had concluded on Oct. 3, two men who had never met each floated the Million Muppet March idea on social media. They immediately united to defend public broadcasting.

The reality is that federal funding makes up about twelve percent of the PBS budget.

In addition Senator Jim DeMint points out that Sesame Street isn't hurting either:

Shows like Sesame Street are multi-million dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market. According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 -- nearly a million dollars -- in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, "Sesame Street" made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.

With numbers like this, it's ironic that Barack Obama and those promoting this "muppet march" are doing this in favor of a big yellow one percenter!

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  • allosaur

    Send Big Bird over by my paddock. Bwahaha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Broussard/100000569719030 Paul Broussard

    Kick Big Bird out of the government Nest!!!

  • Fksht

    How much stupider can these liberal a$$holes be? A million Muppet March? Where is this taking place, on the yellow brick road? I can't believe the audacity of these jerks. The world is swirling around like pile in a commode, getting ready for the big flush into oblivion, and a million brain dead muppettes are going to march to save a 1%er. W.t.f.

  • http://twitter.com/ButlerBros Dale Tibbett

    The correct title for the program is "Sesame Screed".

  • Mulberryandmore123

    The stop funding PBS statement by Romney was completely uncalled for. I agree with his statement that we have to take a balanced approach and make a call on if funding something is worth borrowing money for it. At the same time calling out PBS, while someone from PBS is managing the debate is just stupid. If he wants to stand any chance of winning he has to better filter what he says better. Its crazy that Big Bird has become such a big issue and there is a march going to take place. I think we can all agree that maybe stopping the funds to PBS is a good call if its on borrowed money....but does he have to say it while 20 million voters are watching?

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  • Daniel from TN

    Sesame Street will continue, with or without government funding. The sales of Sesame Street merchandise brings in too much money to let it be cancelled. The sales of Sesame Street merchandise is several hundred million dollars every year. $211 million is just the royalty fees paid to the producers.
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    America or obama in November! You can't vote for both!