Sesame Street Tells Obama to Take Down Big Bird Campaign Ad
President Obama has been under fire this past week for his awful debate performance, but now Big Bird has beef with him as well. The folks at Sesame Street aren’t happy with an Obama ad that uses its beloved character for partisan politics.
The Sesame Street Workshop issued a statement asking the Obama campaign to take down the ad:
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.
“We’ve received and will review their concerns,” said an Obama campaign official.
The Obama ad in question goes after Romney for taking on Sesame St. instead of Wall Street. But as some liberals have noted since the ad’s airing, President Obama hasn’t taken on Wall St. either.
There’s only one thing that sticks out to me about this ad, though the casual viewer probably won’t notice it. Let’s look at that litany of Wall Street “criminals” and “gluttons of greed,” which later get juxtaposed with Big Bird. You have Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay and Dennis Kozlowski. So two CEOs prosecuted and convicted by George W. Bush’s Justice Department, and Madoff, whose son turned him in before Obama took office, in December 2008, and who pleaded guilty.
Unfortunately, the folks at Sesame Street aren’t alone in being peeved at the Obama campaign’s misuse of their work. Just yesterday MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell announced on her show that she did not give the Obama campaign permission to use her in one of its ads.
You can watch the full Obama big bird ad here.
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