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Sesame Street asks Obama campaign to pull anti-Romney Big Bird ad

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By Doug Powers  •  October 9, 2012 02:24 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

First AARP, and now Big Bird?

Sesame Street wants President Obama’s campaign to take down its latest attack ad against Mitt Romney, which features footage of Big Bird.

“Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns,” a Tuesday statement on Sesameworkshop.org reads. “We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”

The Obama campaign said it would review the request.

“We’ve received and will review their concerns,” said an Obama campaign official.

Sesame Street’s concern, in addition perhaps to copyright issues, are probably that looking the other way at the Obama ad could be considered a political candidate endorsement, and if the ad continues to run it could cost PBS their federal funding. Ah, irony. Who is trying to kill Big Bird? And if you think it’s bad now, wait until Snuffleupagus finds out that Obamacare won’t cover his rhinoplasty.

Here’s the Obama ad in question, airing here under an alternate title: “We screwed things up so bad and all Romney’s got is Big Bird?

Update: Because Big Bird has told the Obama campaign to knock it off, helpful folks are suggesting new muppets for the campaign to use.

**Written by Doug Powers

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