‘Fired Big Bird’ takes wing after Romney debate comment

The unemployment rate on Sesame Street may soon skyrocket. (Image by @FiredBigBird)

The unemployment rate on Sesame Street may soon skyrocket. (Image by @FiredBigBird)

Picking the winner of the first Obama-Romney presidential event is a partisan endeavor, but a comment by the Republican candidate has one faux celebrity crying fowl.

Childhood friend to many, Big Bird, whose very livelihood was threatened in the Wednesday night debate, was quickly defended by a sharp-beaked anonymous tweeter.

“Somewhere Paul Ryan is kicking over trash cans in hopes of smoking out Oscar the Grouch,” tweeted @FiredBigBird shortly after Romney vowed to cut funding to PBS, the station that airs the puppet bird’s educational show “Sesame Street.”

Within minutes, the Twitter account had thousands of followers. FiredBigBird had more than 26,000 followers within 12 hours. Other Twitter users sent more than 17,000 tweets a minute mentioning Big Bird.

The imposter kept clucking.

“Mitt Romney will end Burt and Ernie’s right to a civil union.”

He even hinted at getting more politically active with a “Herman Cain / Big Bird 2016″ tweet.

Meanwhile, the real Sesame Street gang tried to put out the fire by tweeting, “We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. We do not comment on campaigns, but we’re happy we can all agree that everyone likes Big Bird!”

Despite the protestations, I don’t think the 8-foot-2-inch puppet has to worry. He’s been around since 1969 and surely, after starring in thousands of television shows, he has a giant nest egg.

Here’s what Romney said at durring the debate.

69 comments Add your comment

Matt

October 4th, 2012
10:55 am

Big bird should stay Mitt needs to go.

John

October 4th, 2012
11:05 am

Why spend money on PBS, that funding could buy more bombs to drop on middle eastern countries.

/sarcasim

John

October 4th, 2012
11:06 am

Before someone pounces on me, that was meant to be “/sarcasm”.

Annmarie Chavez

October 4th, 2012
11:09 am

Big Bird we love you.

StopTheWastefullSpending

October 4th, 2012
11:21 am

There are more important areas to fund than public television. Like Public Education… When you are running trillion dollar deficits you just can’t keep big brid because he is so cute. IF Sesame Street is such a hit then it will do fine in the private sector and make lots of money to support its existence.

333

October 4th, 2012
11:22 am

Big Bird was just a example…get a life.

StopTheWastefullSpending

October 4th, 2012
11:23 am

Both Big Bird and Obama need to go….

333

October 4th, 2012
11:27 am

amen @ 11:23

StopTheWastefullSpending

October 4th, 2012
11:29 am

P.S. When Big Bird is done holding that “work for food” sign up for the day he get’s into his Taxpayer bought Lexis and drives off to his upscale home in Beverly Hills, all paid for courtesy of you and me the taxpayer!

StopTheWastefullSpending

October 4th, 2012
11:30 am

But my Kids “LOVE Sesame Street”. Then YOU pay for it!!!!!

StopTheWastefullSpending

October 4th, 2012
11:35 am

Last I heard PBS takes donations…

Eric

October 4th, 2012
11:36 am

I want a bumper sticker:
Save Big Bird Vote Obama!

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Donna P.

October 4th, 2012
12:03 pm

Romney didn’t say that he would fire Big Bird. He justs wants to end NPR’s federal funding.

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Martin

October 4th, 2012
12:19 pm

Romney’s kids never had to watch Sesame Street or any other PBS program so he doesn’t understand the magnitude of his comments. Its not easy counting millions, developing your business in China AND staying in touch with the “other” 47%. Poor Jim Lehrer was so effected by the Romney response that it knocked him off kilter and from his moderating duties for the remainder of the evening. What a sad day!!

Phyllis

October 4th, 2012
12:23 pm

Big Bird and company are a cost effective way to educate children. We can’t have that!

[...] all boiled down to this: @FiredBigBird and [...]

DarleneWW

October 4th, 2012
12:38 pm

It’s not only Big Bird that will get cut, but all of the other wonderful programs that PBS airs! I love their programs like Nova, Nature, any of the Ken Burns series, etc. I know the country needs to trim the budget, but this is educational television. I find it valuable and it has helped many children begin their education, and has helped many adults continue their education by sharing the latest discoveries. Like the eagle is a symbol for America, Big Bird right now is representing ALL of the PBS shows and I’m thankful for that.

yo mom

October 4th, 2012
12:46 pm

big bird need to get some balls.

Poppy the penguin

October 4th, 2012
12:49 pm

Big bird can kiss my white ass.

have some fun...

October 4th, 2012
12:52 pm

thats life for you…come to my house and have some more life lesens.;)

President Barry

October 4th, 2012
1:19 pm

MAGIC TELEPROMPTER!

WHERE YOU AT ????

have some fun...

October 4th, 2012
1:37 pm

who? *brushs hair back*

have some fun...

October 4th, 2012
1:41 pm

W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ. plz hurry. iam geting bored.

have some fun...

October 4th, 2012
1:44 pm

address is 250…

have some fun...

October 4th, 2012
1:48 pm

thrust me..u will be very happy

President Barry

October 4th, 2012
1:49 pm

EYES THE PRESIDENT !!!!!!!

EYES THE PRESIDENT !!!!!!!

bob008

October 4th, 2012
2:17 pm

He not talking about canning Big Bird folks..just pulling the govt. funding. NPR runs off of donations for the majority of its budget..why can’t PBS?

MawMaw V

October 4th, 2012
2:20 pm

Keep the population ignorant. Shut down Public Broadcasting and, of course, The State of Georgia Archives. Be the only state in the Union with closed archives. Elect crooks, including the governors of GA and FL and nuts like the one in AZ. You showed them how ignorant you really are! I bet you are proud!

leenie Ruben

October 4th, 2012
2:31 pm

Getting rid of Big Bird is definitely going to solve all of our financial problems—not taxing the rich or ending a war, just get Bert & Ernie off the air.

have some fun...

October 4th, 2012
2:50 pm

Hope

October 4th, 2012
2:58 pm

you need to go!

MUSTANG100

October 4th, 2012
3:01 pm

Uhh, MawmawV, some of the population IS ignorant, and maybe your ‘let PBS and others teach my kids instead of me mentality’ is the reason?

Bobby

October 4th, 2012
3:09 pm

I think if you looked at how much money Sesame Street brings in each year you wouldn’t be worried about subsidizing them. Big Bird and Tickle me Elmo can do fine on their own. Time to get off the government dole Oscar.

Bobby

October 4th, 2012
3:12 pm

Ken Burns seems to be doing fine over on Netflix. I am sure he is not letting them run his documentaries for free.

Neil

October 4th, 2012
3:13 pm

Cutting government funding to PBS to lower the deficit is like deleting text files off of your 500GB hard drive to make more room. It won’t make a dent in the overall picture.

birdlover

October 4th, 2012
3:16 pm

Big Bird should be on the show The Apprentice and get fired by Donald Trump.

Bee

October 4th, 2012
3:25 pm

Sesame Street is the best education some kids get…

birdlover

October 4th, 2012
3:27 pm

Yeah – Big Bird teaches our children how to walk.

Nice Try

October 4th, 2012
4:30 pm

“Sesame Street is the best education some kids get…”

Why, because their mamas use the TV as a babysitter, while she is in the next room trying to get kn@ed up yet again?

The media will run with anything just to take the spot light off last night’s Obama failure.

Big Bird won’t be counted in the Big unemployment report that is about to come out. Can’t wait for that and Biden’s bad choices next week.

This is just all so sad for you libs … so sorry!

Oscar "the Grouch"

October 4th, 2012
5:24 pm

Mittens said he is not going to spend money on things that will have to be paid for by borrowing from China….. So there goes his tax plan.

The Old Coot

October 4th, 2012
5:31 pm

Mitt Romney reminds me of George W Bush, only not as smart.

Dried Up Coot

October 4th, 2012
5:38 pm

Obama reminds me of Clinton, only darker and definitely not as smart. Oh, bigger ears too!

Oscar "the Crouch"

October 4th, 2012
5:40 pm

God Obama said he is not going to spend money on things that will have to be paid for by stealing money from the weathy Americans ….. so there goes his socialist tax plan.

NATL

October 4th, 2012
6:38 pm

Unfortunately, shows like Sesame Street are all the early education some children get. Teaching letters, numbers, and good citizenship are important for everyone and lead to children growing up to be better members of society. Getting rid of PBS is a typical Republican idea – slash and burn – who needs art! Who needs numbers!!! I think Mitt should stick to things he knows, outsourcing and off shore banking and leave running the country to those who care about 100% of our citizens. Even the little ones.

Megan

October 4th, 2012
6:57 pm

Typical media. Serious debate last night. Dumb it down for the retards. Should the government, which has no money, be subsidizing one more channel on my basic cable?

Pen

October 4th, 2012
7:52 pm

He is just saying that they can afford to do without government funding. I don’t know the all the facts, but seriously, they can get more sponsors.

raggtopp

October 4th, 2012
8:21 pm

Another govt. program created by the democrats, govt. TV. just thousands of wasteful tax payer funded
programs..

Newsflash for NATL

October 4th, 2012
8:31 pm

“Teaching letters, numbers, and good citizenship are important for everyone and lead to children growing up to be better members of society.”

That is what PARENTS are expected to do for THEIR CHILDREN.

“Mitt should … leave running the country to those who care about 100% of our citizens.”

Obama doesn’t care about you, dude. It is sad that you are so brainwashed to believe such a thing. Obama only care about his legacy and carrying out the wishes of his father, not the founding fathers. Wake up!

Brian mack

October 4th, 2012
9:52 pm

Big Bird is not going anywhere Burt & Ernie will still be gay couple!
But the PBS news anchors don’t need 6 figure income!!!!!!

Atlantarama

October 5th, 2012
2:01 am

I fully support PBS, but the quality of “Sesame Street” has gone downhill over the past several years, and I feel they must be paying way too much to carry it.

your an idiot

October 5th, 2012
7:15 am

StopTheWastefullSpending

Just Saying

October 5th, 2012
7:22 am

PBS ’s funding is less than half the level of unpaid taxes by federal employees, which were estimated to equal $1.03 billion at the end of fiscal year 2010. It’s less than one third the total Amtrak receives in federal funding, having gotten $1.4 billion in federal capital grants and operating subsidies in 2012.

Teresa

October 5th, 2012
7:26 am

All PBS shows are in jeopardy, don’t let reading rainbow die. With all the smut on tv nowadays pbs is a welcome channel

you're an idiot

October 5th, 2012
7:32 am

your an idiot

We need to save Big Bird so liberal idiots like “your an idiot” can learn the proper use of the English language. But maybe StopTheWastefulSpending is correct, “your an idiot” is a lost cause and a waste of our taxpayer dollars.

Call It Like It Is

October 5th, 2012
7:44 am

Please Big Bird will be fine, so will the rest of PBS. Only 10% of their funding comes from the government and there has been talk for years to stop it. These guys get millions of dollars a year on their products alone. Big Bird can fund himself and the rest of PBS on tickle me elmo sales alone.

Glasmom

October 5th, 2012
10:10 am

Mitt Romney must be insane to go on national television and fire Big Bird. Oh yeah that really makes me want to vote for him. Poor Big Bird must be part of the 47% too.

Mark Alan

October 5th, 2012
10:48 am

Why was the @FiredBigBird account suspended. PBS is very liberal so I can understand why the Republicans want to tank it. Who owns Twitter? Are they Republican? I’m politically neutral, don’t trust either camp. To me it’s become a choice between the lesser of two evils. Voting feels like being black mailed any more. Not unlike the the protection rackets of the mobsters you see in old gangster movies. Vote Republican or big business will stagnate the economy. Vote Democrat or get sick and die. I suppose next they will be going after Bill Nye*:(

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have some fun...

October 5th, 2012
12:26 pm

sex sex sex…that bird needs to live.

have some fun...

October 5th, 2012
12:26 pm

young, wild and free.
yolo…

Brian mack

October 5th, 2012
2:24 pm

     Forty-percent of the world is in recession. New records have been set for both personal and corporate bankruptcies. America’s trade deficit continues to escalate to historic levels. The savings rate has turned negative, as the average consumer spends $1.10 for every dollar they earn. Real wages for working Americans have plummeted 19% since 1972 – about the same time we entered into a so-called “global economy.” We only vote for our representatives every two or four years, but we vote with our wallets and checkbooks every day!

     How Americans Can Buy American puts the steering wheel controlling our nation’s fate in the hands of those who care about it most – The American People. The time has come for ordinary Americans to take control of America’s destiny.

Brian mack

October 5th, 2012
3:20 pm

The National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend $465.6 billion this year on holiday goodies — that’s $704 per shopper. Economists tell “World News” that if we all spent just $64 more on gifts with a “Made in America” label, we could create 200,000 new American jobs.”

Brian mack

October 5th, 2012
4:26 pm

Thinking back 70s buy American on bumpers t- shirts.
Well we sure screwed that up!
No phones laptops or high end electronics made in USA!

Im a label checker now if don’t say( MADE IN AMERICA )
then it dosent leave the STORE!!! Wallyworld lmao.

[...] funding for PBS despite his “love” for Big Bird, immediately got a response from the Internet: FiredBigBird popped up on Twitter shortly after the comments and was quickly joined by Sesame Street [...]

Nick

October 5th, 2012
10:43 pm

We’re a trillion dollars in debt and Mitt Romney is willing to put a stop to the wasteful spending, which means Big Bird will have to stand on his own two feet and stop taking government money when he is perfectly capable of getting his own money from all the kids who love him so much and all the adults with fond memories of him from the 60s.

[...] funding for PBS despite his “love” for Big Bird, immediately got a response from the Internet: FiredBigBird popped up on Twitter shortly after the comments and was quickly joined by Sesame Street colleagues [...]

0bama=Feces

October 9th, 2012
4:37 pm

Unlike, 0bama JiveTalker, at least BIG BIRD doesn’t need a teleprompter in order to recite his ABC’s.