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Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Sesame Workshop asks Obama campaign to take down Big Bird ad

Sesame Workshop wants the Obama campaign to take down its ad mocking GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s debate promise to cook Big Bird’s goose.

 The ad features footage of the giant yellow bird and beloved “Sesame Street” character.

 “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns,” the organization said Tuesday in a statement on its Web site.

 “We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down,” the organization added.

Obama’s campaign is not the only outfit to jump on the  “Sesame Street” story.  

 Big Bird made a guest appearance on “Saturday Night Live’s” Weekend Update to discuss Romney’s debate promise to shoot down Big Bird government funding if he’s elected president.

 And Monday’s telecast of  “The Daily Show” featured in armed Big Bird, as well as muppet-ish figures of correspondents Wyatt Cenac and John Oliver and faux newsman Jon Stewart, during a comedy bit on Romney’s campaign promise to cut off federal funding for PBS. The bit also featured a clip from “Sesame Street” in which Oscar the Grouch snapped at an adorable little girl, who’d said she’d be willing to share her food with a hungry person, “Didn’t you read that copy of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ I loaned you?”

 

By  |  04:51 PM ET, 10/09/2012

 
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