When I heard that there was going to be a “Million Muppet March,” I couldn’t help but visualize an army of Kermits, Miss Piggys, Beakers, Gonzos and Grovers taking to the streets in a flood of felt and feathers. But this “Million Muppet March” isn’t some kind of fantasy; it’s an actual event, but will be more human than puppet. The Million Muppet March is a political parade in response to Mitt Romney’s recent comments on PBS.
During the presidential debate on October 3rd, Romney took on public broadcasting. “I’m sorry Jim. I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS,” Romney told moderator Jim Lehrer. “I like PBS, I love Big Bird, I actually like you too, but I am not going to keep spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.” After the debate Big Bird became a cause célèbre over Twitter and Facebook.
Animation executive Micheal Bellavia and university student Chris Mecham decided to take this opportunity make a political statement and support PBS with the creation of the Million Muppet March.
“I figured, why just make it a virtual show of support?” Bellavia said to Reuters. “Why not take this opportunity because it seemed like there was already some growing interest in it and actually make it an active, participatory event. I literally just said, ‘It’s happening.’”
“Romney was using Muppets as a rhetorical device to get rid of public broadcasting, which is really so much bigger than Sesame Street,” Mecham added. “While he was still talking, I was thinking of ways I could express my frustration at the argument. Before the debates were over, I had already put up the Million Muppet March Facebook page.” Their Facebook says that they are, “Muppets and Muppet Sympathizers committed to keeping full employment for all Muppets through support of public funding for public broadcasting.” The March will be take place on November 3rd on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..
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