Sesame Street to Obama: Lose the Big Bird Ad, Chump

Posted by on Oct 09, 2012 at 12:51 pm

After the debut of one of the most pathetic ads in recorded history, the folks at Sesame Street have had enough.

Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.

Via Hot Air.


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5 Responses to “Sesame Street to Obama: Lose the Big Bird Ad, Chump”

  1. lyle on 9/09/12 at 1:00 pm

    we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns

    “But, man, do we vote D like a herd of lemmings.”

  2. MT Geoff on 9/09/12 at 2:38 pm

    Howdy lyle
    I imagine you’re right and most of Sesame Workshop’s leadership does vote D. They are still right to ask that the politicians leave them out of it, especially any visuals of trademark and copyright figures like Big Bird. For one thing, failing to protect the trademarks and copyrights now can make it hard to enforce them later.
    CTW, the predecessor to Sesame Workshop (not certain of current name), made piles of money on merchandising and so does Sesame now. They could surely be successful commercial programming if they chose to go that route. If PBS loses its federal grants (I do so hope), it will be other programs that take the hits, not Sesame’s programming. But Sesame may find its funds being diverted to loser programming; some of it already is.

  3. lyle on 9/09/12 at 3:58 pm


    I’ve been a big fan of a lot of PBS programming over my life, particularly Mystery and Masterpiece Theater. I’ve even pitched in to fundraise for our local station years ago. Sufficed to say, in an era of trillion dollar deficits and mass diffusion of progamming content, the days of govenment subsidies for PBS, NEA, et al don’t make any sense. Plus the relentless leftward drift of them, to say nothing of NPR, is ridiculous. Time for them to stand on their own or perish.

  4. MT Geoff on 9/09/12 at 4:28 pm

    Howdy lyle
    I think people should contribute to anything they want to support — and only to things they want to support, which is why I dislike the idea of government support for arts or for most recreation. As you say, time to stand or perish.
    People can contribute through commercial transactions like buying tickets or through generosity or any mix. I paid $40 for two people to visit a museum on Sunday and the museum also has sponsorships.