Mitt Romney still has it out for Big Bird. The Republican nominee for president has publicly come out against Sesame Street’s Big Bird not once but twice.
During the big debate on Wednesday night, Romney said that he would cut funding to Big Bird (Sesame Street) and that he wouldn’t be borrowing from China to fund it. This isn’t a new anti-PBS stance for Romney. “Big Bird is going to have advertisements, all right?” Romney said in a campaign stop in Iowa last December “And we’re going to have endowments for the arts and humanities, but they’re going to be paid for by private charity, not by taxpayers.”
After Romney’s Bird Big newest comment during the debate Twitter went a wee bit crazy with comments and critiques. According to Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed there are, “17,000 Tweets per minute for “Big Bird.” This is in addition to all the “fake” Big Bird accounts that have been started since the mention in the debate. But the tweets supporting Big Bird’s welfare are seemingly endless.
Actress Olivia Wilde tweeted, “Mitt is smirky, sweaty, indignant and smug with an unsettling hint of hysteria. And he wants to kill BIG BIRD.
#debate2012” Another tweeter – a pro hockey player said, “Mitt seems to have forgot his manners with all these interuptions…should have watched a little more #bigbird growing up.” Political strategist and Columnist Donna Brazile tweeted, “I love Big Bird. Big Bird should not be given the bird!” Thinking about the children, Ana Marie Cox tweeted, “If you’re between 4 and 5, you should also listen. THE MAN WANTS TO KILL BIG BIRD, kids.” One of my personal favorites was Bill Werde of Billboard who tweeted, “It’s time to cut through the bullsh*t: Obama killed Osama Bin Laden. He’s the man to trust with the Big Bird hit.”
Do you think the Big Bird will be a democratic rally cry?