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Big Bird's Feathers Ruffled Over New Obama Ad

By October 9, 2012

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There's a huge political storm brewing over a place that's usually known for its sunny days sweeping the clouds away. If you've been anywhere near a TV lately, you already know about the controversy surrounding Mitt Romney's comment during the presidential debate that he loves Big Bird but would cut the federal subsidy to PBS if elected president.

A picture of Big Bird
Should Big Bird or any of your children's favorite characters be in the political ring?
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Big Bird's had a big week because of those words. Within minutes of the debate comment, Big Bird became a trending topic on Twitter. A "Save Big Bird" Facebook page was launched that's gained 13,000+ fans in less than a week. Big Bird himself also made an appearance on Saturday Night Live but wouldn't make a statement one way or the other about the controversy.

But now the people behind Sesame Street are crying fowl. Big Bird has become the unwilling star of a political ad for the Obama campaign and Sesame Workshop wants the ad yanked.

"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns," the group said in a statement. "We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down."

Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki says they'll consider the request and then added that the Big Bird buzz, "is something that mothers across the country are alarmed about. And we're tapping into that."

You may love the political ad featuring Big Bird. You may loathe it.

Regardless of your political views, what do you think of children's characters being used in political ads?

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