Big Bird has been trending since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said during last week's debate that he'd cut federal funding for PBS - signaling out the taller-than-average yellow Muppet as a nice bird, but not one worthy of your tax dollars. Knowing a good opportunity when it sees one, the Barack Obama campaign has pounced on the soundbite, mocking Romney in a new campaign video that hit YouTube today.
But not everyone is laughing. Specifically, the Sesame Street Workshop - the nonprofit behind the long-running children's educational program - is calling for the ad to be taken off the web.
In the ad, the Obama campaign references hated financial villains Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay and Dennis Kozlowski, and suggests Romney is the one man with guts enough to go after "the evil genius that towered over them."
That "evil genius," of course, is Big Bird.
See the ad for yourself:
While the ad has inspired a number of chuckles today, the Sesame Street Workshop is calling for its removal from the web, issuing a statement on its blog this morning which reads:
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.