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Sesame Street Asks Obama Campaign to Pull Big Bird Ad


Sesame Street has asked the Obama campaign to pull the Big Bird ad it began running today.

"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 the ad be taken down."

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  1. That didn't take long.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 9, 2012 12:55:49 PM

  2. Republicans constantly use trademarked icons without country western music. Just because the Neo-Fascists do it does not make it right!

    Posted by: chuck | Oct 9, 2012 1:03:09 PM

  3. I agree with Sesame Street working to protect their characters and non-partisan status. Not that I blame the campaign for making such a good ad, even if they knew it should be taken down before long.

    Posted by: Tim in Denver | Oct 9, 2012 1:07:51 PM

  4. hey, what IF GAY people took the higher road and took a stand of not being used for various non-singers, politicos and other such airbags...hmmm how better we could really turn that gay dollar back in truly OUR OWN favor...hmm

    Posted by: Troy | Oct 9, 2012 1:18:59 PM

  5. Even though they probably agree with the content of the ad, they pretty much HAVE to protest the use of their product for a political campaign to prevent an appearance of bias.

    Ironic really, since the GOP has been gunning for PBS for decades, and Romney has singled out Sesame Street as symbolic of his desire to stop funding.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 9, 2012 1:27:18 PM

  6. The final line of their statement should be: "Wink-wink."

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Oct 9, 2012 1:28:45 PM

  7. I'm an Obama supporter and I think his campaign screwed up by running this ad. It knowingly violated Sesame Street's copyrights. Unfortunately,Democrats are almost as bad as the Republicans when it comes to trampling on artistic rights.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Oct 9, 2012 1:34:20 PM

  8. As a strong Obama supporter, and a big fan of public broadcasting, the last thing America needs is for Republicans to resent PBS even more than they already do. Pull the ad, Mr. President.

    Posted by: BABH | Oct 9, 2012 1:42:57 PM

  9. PBS and NPR used to have some real concern for the truth. The news broadcasts had investigative reporters doing a good job of unearthing important political stories. Then along came Bush, and they emasculated the whole organization. They replaced the news programming with puff pieces, and always had lying conservatives to counter anything that remotely sounded liberal on their talk shows. NPR isn't worth promoting anymore. PBS only shows worthwhile entertainment when they are raising money. The best of the kids' shows can stand on their own with private advertisers. The rest is dreck.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Oct 9, 2012 1:53:21 PM

  10. If PBS is going to be that wimpy then I am very disappointed. Cut their funding off, who cares.

    Posted by: Ken | Oct 9, 2012 1:53:54 PM

  11. @ candideinnc: The PBS NewsHour is still the best nightly newscast and the only one that has any credibility. Frontline is probably the best documentary series on the air - and pulls no punches. There is much to value at the CPB. And it costs the government less than 1/100th of 1% of the budget. To me, that's money well spent.

    Posted by: gr8guya | Oct 9, 2012 2:00:35 PM

  12. Honor their request; pull the ad. The impression has already been made anyway.

    Posted by: acorlando | Oct 9, 2012 2:05:24 PM

  13. The Obama campaign's use of Big Bird is probably covered by the "fair use" provision of the copyright law given that Romney himself brought up Big Bird. It is kind of hard to parody Romney's use of Big Bird without mentioning Big Bird.

    As a general rule, fair use exceptions to the copyright law apply more to parody than satire. For a discussion, read
    which includes one case that seems relevant - in 2000, Ralph Nader used a reference to Mastercard in his campaign and was sued. The court ruled in favor of Nader.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 9, 2012 2:19:06 PM

  14. 1. Romney brings up Big Bird
    2. Obama uses that
    3. Romney's campaign complains that Obama is using BB.

    Once again, the Republicans try to tar the other side with their crap.

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 9, 2012 2:22:25 PM

  15. I figured this would be an issue the minute I saw the ad. Did the Obama campaign not ask permission BEFORE they made the ad???

    Posted by: Lucas H | Oct 9, 2012 2:33:51 PM

  16. Another company with no balls. This is why the Republicans just walk all over everybody and everything in this country !

    Time to grow some balls America and stand up against the hateful, corrupt right wingers ! If we don't do it now we are going to be screwed for the next 4 years and beyond !

    WAKE UP !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 9, 2012 3:05:36 PM

  17. The Sesame Street folks had no choice but to request that the ad be pulled. As a charitable nonprofit, they cannot get involved in partisan politics, endorse candidates or give the impression that they are endorsing a candidate. Period.

    Posted by: Chris in MN | Oct 9, 2012 3:08:56 PM

  18. Let's just say the ad would not help were Romney elected. It's been estimated that Bill Moyers has made over $100 Million doing bits for PBS over the years. There's a lot of money on an individual level at stake.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 9, 2012 3:25:56 PM

  19. Sesame Street to OBozo:

    "Pull it down clown."

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 9, 2012 3:47:20 PM

  20. Pull the ad. A general ad about all the benefits derived from pbs over the years and why funding should continue would be more appropriate. But it is funny.

    Posted by: NwYrkr | Oct 9, 2012 4:16:42 PM

  21. I agree with Sesame Street. Sesame Street is about helping to foster children with open minds, not closed ones. Its a dirty tactic and something I expect from republicans and conservatives.

    Somewhere Jim Henson is smiling, knowing that his creations to enlighten the spirit and spark the imagination are not being used for partisan politics.

    This also means I think Willard is a pathetic politician who would see PBS as something significant to the federal deficit.

    Posted by: Alexx | Oct 9, 2012 4:36:46 PM

  22. Leave the ad!! It's great and shows how the republicans are stepping over quarters to save dimes....

    Posted by: ty | Oct 9, 2012 5:50:17 PM

  23. @ DAVID R :

    4. Then the Republicans come on sites like this with their faux outrage! "This is bad, This is bad"! Then they rant about PBS some more.

    Posted by: BETTY | Oct 9, 2012 6:21:29 PM

  24. @ANON: $100 million? Please site facts. REAL FACTS. Otherwise you just look silly. Are you the same person who claimed Barney makes $2 Billion a year in merchandising?

    Posted by: BETTY | Oct 9, 2012 6:25:51 PM

  25. The Obama campaign should have known that they shouldn't use a character from a PBS show to promote their candidate.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 10, 2012 12:03:15 AM

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