Sklooter reporting 10/10/12
President Obama has windswept some feathers at PBS by putting Big Bird in a TV ad pestering Mitt Romney.
Sesame Workshop, the PBS-affiliated non-profit behind Sesame Street, said today in a statement that they have not approved any campaign ads, and it is their general practice to request that the ad be taken down. Adding that Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and they do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns.
An Obama campaign official said that the campaign “received and will review their concerns.”
The 30-second ad poked fun at Romney last week for saying in the presidential debate that he’ll cut the federal subsidy for PBS.
The movie-clip style ad ironically hyped Romney as a hero all set to go after Big Bird, which is portrayed in the ad as the “evil genius” behind Bernie Madoff and other real life Wall Street “gluttons of greed.”
Obama has virtually made the loveable Big Bird character a non-official campaign good luck charm since Romney gave the huge puppet a spread around in the presidential debate last week in Denver.
The Republican challenger was quoted as saying, “I like PBS. I love Big Bird. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”
Obama last week sent a crude imitation of Big Bird to harass Romney at a rally in rural Virginia. The faux-Big Bird carried a sign that read, “Crack down on Wall Street not Sesame Street.”