Internet memes and PC out of control as Team Obama told by SESAME STREET to take down BIG BIRD political advert.
After Mitt Romney said he would cut aid to PBS and Sesame Street during last week’s debate, President Obama’s Committee to Re-Elect, YO! has plucked the feathers from the living hell of copyright infringement.
“We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down,” Sesame Workshop, the PBS-affiliated non-profit behind Sesame Street, said today in a statement after Team Obama released an ad gone viral about Big Bird.
“Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns,” said the statement.
An Obama campaign politburo said that the campaign “received and will review their concerns.”
The 30-second spot mocks Romney for saying in the presidential debate last week that he’ll cut the federal subsidy for PBS.
“Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street,” the baritone narrator says in the mock-movie trailer. “Mitt Romney. Taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest.”
Obama has practically made the loveable Big Bird character an unofficial campaign mascot and his supporters an over-the-top internet meme since Romney gave the giant puppet a grim warning last week in Denver.
“I like PBS. I love Big Bird,” Romney had said. “But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
Team Obama then sent a faux Big Bird to heckle Romney at a rural Va. rally. The pirated facsimile carried a sign that read, “Crack down on Wall Street not Sesame Street.”
Meanwhile, Carole Spinney, the man inside the big yellow “boid” suit remains mum.