#1 "Million Muppet March" planned to defend U.S. backing for PBS10-12-2012, 11:29 PM
By Daniel Trotta
(Reuters) - 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."
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.
Big Bird, played by actor Carroll Spinney in an 8-foot (2.5-metre) bird costume, is strictly speaking not a member of the group of puppet characters known as the Muppets.
Bellavia bought the Internet address www.millionmuppetmarch.com during the debate and discovered Mecham had already started a Facebook page by the same name.
Within 30 minutes of the end of the debate they were on the phone with each other, planning the march. Continued...
And there you have it, to hell with the economy, war on terriers, health care and the rest, the campaign is switching gears to save the Muppet's!How is obama working out for you?
Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
We could say they are spending like drunken sailors. That would be unfair to drunken sailors, they're spending their OWN money.
10-13-2012, 01:57 AMand Chris Mecham, 46, a university student in Idaho
Someone tell this load that 26 is the cutoff to be on his parents insurance.Be Not Afraid.
10-13-2012, 04:18 AM
- Join Date
- May 2012
Considering that the yearly revenue from the sale of Sesame Street merchandise alone could easily fund the rest of PBS, I don't think Big Bird and the Muppets are going anywhere soon.
10-13-2012, 10:02 AM
- Join Date
- May 2008
- Locked in a Dungeon, being tortured and LOVING IT!
Its not about saving Big Bird, its about protecting a left leaning outlet to brainwash the masses.
Far as this "March" goes. A bunch of loonies in front of the Capt. on a Sat. with 90% of them wearing some goofy Muppet like outfit. And this will sway voters who likely have already decided who they will vote for. In a extremely blue district.
I hope it rains.Rest In Peace America
July 4, 1776 - January 20, 2009
10-13-2012, 10:21 AM
What we are witnessing here is the natural evolution of liberal politics and the OWS movement, some how we all knew this would end with Furries and sex in animal costumes in Washington, it had to be this way.How is obama working out for you?
10-13-2012, 12:56 PM
PBS also gets plenty of funding from private doners. PBS should be cut off from the public dole. I mean, Bill Moyers makes upwards of $800K or something like that. Tax payer dollars mind you.The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
10-13-2012, 01:19 PM
O'Reilly said the other night that Moyers sells DVDs of his PBS stuff and keeps the money himself. I mean huh.Good men sleep peaceably in their beds at night because
rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Real superheroes don't wear capes. They wear dog tags.
10-14-2012, 09:42 AM
I applied for a Big Bird tag and I'll know if I got it on November 6th."The beauty of the Second Amendment is that you won't need it until they try to take it away."---Thomas Jefferson
10-14-2012, 12:56 PM
Whenever PBS's funding is scrutinized, the make one of two claims, either that they get next to nothing from the government, so it doesn't matter, or they are dependent upon it, and that the cut would destroy them. These are mutually exclusive claims, but it doesn't matter. The real issue is that PBS supports the idea of government subsidies to media, which, like government subsidies to art, leads to broadcasters currying favor with the grant givers, rather than the public. This turns media into a government lapdog, without overt control by the feds.--Odysseus
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the people!
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