Puppet Show: “Million Muppet March” Planned for November 3

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

You’ve got to be kidding.

Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on U.S. public television’s “Sesame Street,” from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the “Million Muppet March.”

So if federal funding is cut off for PBS, the multimillion-dollar industry that is Big Bird will become extinct? Really?

The demonstration is planned for November 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election.

Before the presidential debate between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had concluded on October 3, two men who had never met each floated the Million Muppet March idea on social media. They immediately united to defend public broadcasting.

Romney pledged during the debate to end the U.S. federal government’s subsidy for the Public Broadcasting Service despite his professed love for Big Bird, one of the characters on PBS’s 43-year-old children’s educational program “Sesame Street,” which features the Muppets.

Michael Bellavia, 43, an animation executive from Los Angeles, and Chris Mecham, 46, a university student in Idaho, separately came up with the Million Muppet March idea in response.

Nothing like a 46-year-old student/Muppet lover. Maybe he can hook up with aging student Sandra Fluke while he’s in DC.

Both men consider themselves fans of “Sesame Street,” perhaps the best-known program on PBS, which received $445 million of $3.8 trillion in federal budget outlays in 2012.

They’re probably better off just meeting here and commiserating together.


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5 Responses to “Puppet Show: “Million Muppet March” Planned for November 3”

  1. Senator Blutarsky on 12/12/12 at 8:35 pm

    This is scheduled for the day after the release of October unemployment figures, which in all probability will reflect mean reversion driving the unemployment rate back up. So it will afford the MSM an opportunity to change the subject. And the MSM will leap at said opportunity.

  2. name on 12/12/12 at 9:08 pm

    November 3 on DC Mall; Same day, Same location as Muppet March, there is an Autism Speaks Walk Event that
    Brings out a few thousand people

  3. Charleen Larson on 13/13/12 at 9:24 am

    Someone should suggest to Mr. Bellavia et al that if they use the Muppets without permission they’re putting themselves at risk of a lawsuit from Sesame Workshop (formerly Children’s Television Workshop) who owns the Muppet characters and the trademarks.

    I would be surprised if they haven’t already received a cease-and-desist letter from SW’s lawyers. The fluffy-headed dimbulbs behind the Million Muppet March could do incalculable damage to the Sesame Street brand. Not that President Zero isn’t already trying to.

  4. Vic Kelley on 14/14/12 at 5:24 am

    Tavis Smiley has a talk show on PBS. Wonder if he’s going to orchestrate a million coloreds to go to DC, too, so he can keep his free gov’ment funding.