Big Bird speaks out after Romney’s Sesame Street reference sparks instant meme
Big Bird became the biggest star on the internet last night after Mitt Romney gave a shout-out to the Sesame Street star during the first presidential debate in Denver. But the beloved children’s character was apparently not watching the moment he was propelled into the national spotlight, as he tweeted this morning: ‘Did I miss anything last night?’ The hashtag #BigBird began trending on Twitter seconds after Romney promised to cut funding to public broadcasting, and a fake Twitter account for Big Bird was set up moments later. When asked what he planned to cut to help balance the budget, Romney responded by saying: ‘I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. ’But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.’ However, a message from the official Sesame Street Twitter account revealed that the giant yellow avian was unaware of his political role. The show’s creators sent out a tweet purportedly from Big Bird saying: ‘My bed time is usually 7.45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7! Did I miss anything last night?’ Moments later, a more serious tweet appeared distancing the show from partisan politics. ‘We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization,’ the message read. ‘We do not comment on campaigns, but we’re happy we can all agree that everyone likes Big Bird!’ Minutes after the Republican candidate made his remarks, a Twitter account with the handle @BIGBIRD was created. The first tweet was ‘WTF Mitt Romney… ‘ Later, the account wrote: ‘Yo Mitt Romney, Sesame Street is brought to you today by the letters F & U! #debates #SupportBigBird.’ Moments later, a photo began circulating on Twitter of a forlorn-looking Big Bird holding a cardboard sign that reads ‘will work for food.’ In less than an hour, thousands of Twitter comments about Romney’s Big Bird remark poured in — most of them sympathetic of the ubiquitous childhood stable.