Million Puppet March to bring puppeteers to Mall

Raise your furry fists in protest: The Muppets are not going quietly into the night. What do they want? Public broadcasting funding! When do they want it? Now! They’re here, they’re puppeteers, get used to it!

Nearly 1,000 people have RSVPed through Facebook for a Nov. 3 ”Million Puppet March,” which will advocate for the importance of funding public broadcasting three days before the election, after Mitt Romney’s remarks about cutting PBS loose if he were elected. The rally, which will take place on the National Mall, is BYOP — bring your own puppet. It is not sponsored by or affiliated with PBS.


View Photo Gallery: Supporters of public broadcasting are organizing a Nov. 3 march on the Mall. People are encouraged to bring their own puppet. Which muppet or muppet friend do you want to see on the streets of D.C.?

Reuters wrote that the rally, originally called the “Million Muppet March,” is the brainchild of Michael Bellavia, a Los Angeles animation executive, and Chris Mecham, an Idaho student, who came up with the idea separately, and joined forces.

“It does seem like we might get close to the biggest ever assemblage of puppets in one place,” Bellavia said to Reuters, “and probably the most ever puppets marching on Washington.”

The announcement of the rally is already bringing puppet enthusiasts out on Twitter, including some celebrities:

Hide your cookies, DC: The Million Muppet March is going down November 3, 2012 millionmuppetmarch.com @millionmuppets

— elbuenob (@elbuenob) October 15, 2012

Save Big BIrd!!! huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/13/mil…

— ian somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) October 13, 2012

It’s also a good way to get your money’s worth on that Sexy Big Bird costume after Halloween is over. It’s possible the atmosphere could be similar to 2010’s Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert-organized “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.” Or, something like this:

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.

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