In case you’ve missed the latest in the Mitt Romney/Big Bird controversy, it’s quickly become a comedic gift that keeps on giving. Following Big Bird’s appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart provided their take on the controversy last night using – appropriately enough – some puppets:
(the embedded video above is unfortunately only available in the U.S., but Canadian readers can watch last night’s full episode of the Daily Show over at ComedyNetwork.ca)
Seemingly inspired by this and/or all the other Romney/Big Bird parodies that have sprung up in the past few days, Obama’s campaign team decided to try making a little political comedy of their own:
Now I honestly thought this video was some kind of YouTube parody when I first watched it, but it’s actually an honest-to-goodness Obama campaign ad (the video embedded above comes from the official Obama For America YouTube Channel). Predictably, Mitt Romney’s campaign quickly retorted by mocking the Obama camp for focusing on Muppets rather than more serious issues (a position that’s self-serving, but also not without merit). Meanwhile poor Sesame Workshop has been going to great pains since this story broke last week to stress that they are a non-partisan organization that does not get involved in political campaigns. They’ve asked the Obama administration to take the ad down and issued this official statement:
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 both campaigns remove Sesame Street characters and trademarks from their campaign materials.
As if that wasn’t enough, as part of the backlash against Romney’s comments, a pre-election rally to support public broadcasting in the United States is being planned. Dubbed “The Million Muppet March” it will take place in Washington, D.C. on November 3rd, although so far only 407 people have committed to showing up so far (maybe it can be called the “Million Less 999,393 Muppet March”?).
I wonder how much sillier this thing is going to get?