//Left still freaking out over Big Bird’s fate, but ‘Sesame Street’ will be fine

Left still freaking out over Big Bird’s fate, but ‘Sesame Street’ will be fine


He sure did! During last night’s debate, Mitt Romney vowed to cut taxpayer funding for PBS if elected, leading to a massive freakout across the Twitterverse over Big Bird’s fate. Today, even David Axelrod is making his concern known:

Big bird has just come up on the conference call. Axelrod brought it up.

— Amie Parnes (@amieparnes) October 4, 2012

Sesame Street characters mentioned so far on this OFA call: Big Bird, Oscar.

— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) October 4, 2012

Surely if PBS were to become privately funded, poor Big Bird would be forced to leave his nest! A new Twitter account, @FiredBigBird, sprang up last to let the world know how our feathered friend is taking the news:

This is why I love Twitter: @FiredBigBird is in the house. https://t.co/o1yBVM2q

— Pavia Rosati (@pavianyc) October 4, 2012

RT @FiredBigBird: Mitt Romney favors Wall Street over Sesame Street

— Billmo (@BillmoNYC) October 4, 2012

RT @FiredBigBird: Mitt Romney will end Burt and Ernie's right to a civil union

— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) October 4, 2012


— doug (@padawrong) October 4, 2012

ruh roh RT @FiredBigBird: "I worked with Big Bird. I served with Big Bird. You, sir, are no Big Bird" #DebateDenver

— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) October 4, 2012

WIN RT @firedbigbird: I am afraid now @SarahPalinUSA and her husband Todd will eat me to protest gay marriage… #ChicFilA

— ProfB (@AntheaButler) October 4, 2012


@FiredBigBird: I am running in 2016 pic.twitter.com/QPfsrhHN” lmaaaaaoo

— SHABBA RAINE (@meowwcydnee) October 4, 2012

RT @FiredBigBird: If Mitt Romney wins this is what I will be forced to do… http://t.co/gu4ot1IU

— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) October 4, 2012

Look what Mitt Romney has done to me… http://t.co/dhDFNLvV

— Political Line (@PoliticaILine) October 4, 2012

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@FiredBigBird: @thinkprogress he hates us! and now I am forced to live like this pic.twitter.com/Ju0jRwks” AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH

— Stephen M (@StephenM843) October 4, 2012

RT @FiredBigBird: This is now my life pic.twitter.com/JJMwNjaa

— Maria Elena Salinas (@MariaESalinas) October 4, 2012

RT @FiredBigBird: If you think Romney REALLY won this debate just know I have nearly 27,000 followers and we all remember your 47% remarks

— Dee (@DAbitty) October 4, 2012

(In spite of the impressive follower count, @FiredBigBird has since been suspended. Sorry, Joan Walsh.)

But Big Bird needs to take a deep breath and chin up; we don’t need to tell him how to get to the unemployment office just yet. Plenty of people still understand that he’s more than capable of maintaining a comfortable lifestyle for himself:


@Mruff221 And BIg BIrd can't pay his own way? One of the biggest most commercialized TV programs in the world needs tax money???

— DSM IV (@Stathies) October 4, 2012


Look forward to a time in America where 43-year-old Big Bird finally has to go out on his own and work. #defundPBS #pubmedia

— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) October 4, 2012


Last year, Senator Jim Demint addressed PBS’s Washington push for more government funding, and he pointed out that in just four years, “Sesame Street” generated over $200 million of private revenue:

Shows like Sesame Street are multi-million dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market. According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 — nearly a million dollars — in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, “Sesame Street” made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.

Public money currently being allocated to PBS could be better used elsewhere:

It is time to end the subsidies to NPR and PBS. #bigbird #RomneyRyan2012 #Obama2012

— Stephanie Kistler (@slkistler) October 4, 2012

I find it ironic that people are upset with cutting funding to #PBS #BigBird but they aren't upset with cuts our #military has faced.

— Tara Noffsinger (@tlnoff) October 4, 2012

The PBS/Big Bird line was great, we shouldn't be spending money on it while we're borrowing money from China. Sacrifices. #debate

— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) October 4, 2012

It’s not as if PBS is hurting:

Paula Kreuger on CNN right now begging to keep her federal funding for public broadcasting.

— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) October 4, 2012

Paula Kerger made $632K working for PBS, but wants YOU to keep paying for public broadcasting. http://t.co/JU2ceiox

— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) October 4, 2012

Even “Sesame Street” execs have to admit that they’re doing just fine:

Big Bird will survive even if funding cut for PBS http://t.co/IJTfL5n5

— Katharine Q. Seelye (@kseelye) October 4, 2012

Via CNN:

[Sherrie Westin, Sesame Workshop’s executive VP and chief marketing officer] says, “Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding from PBS. So, we are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming, through corporate underwriting and sponsorship. So quite frankly, you can debate whether or not there should be funding of public broadcasting. But when they always try to tout out Big Bird, and say we’re going to kill Big Bird – that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.”

Big Bird needs to ask Dora the Explorer how she manages 2live without taxpayer money. Try it Big Bird. You'll be just fine.

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 4, 2012

Defunding PBS will not put Big Bird and friends out on the street. This message has been brought to you by common sense.