Burton, much-beloved “Reading Rainbow” host and visor-wearing Enterprise lieutenant commander, is taking a page from Obama’s Truth Team and other whiny celebs and going after Mitt Romney for pledging to end federal funding of PBS if elected. Since the debate,  he’s been on the warpath. Last night, he penned a “special message” about Meanypants Mitt’s crusade against Big Bird:

On behalf of America’s children, I can’t stay silent. I encourage you to join me in fighting this short sighted and frankly mean spirited attack on our children. Let your voices be heard through Facebook, Twitter, in emails and calls to the Romney campaign and in your votes. Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, The Magic School Bus, Arthur, Bill Nye and dozens more current and past beloved programs cannot be sacrificed.

Burton appeared this morning on CNN, where he discussed his “outrage” with Soledad O’Brien:

I couldn’t believe the man actually fixed his mouth to say that. I took it as an attack on children, Soledad. It is an attack on children who come from disenfranchised, you know, background.

PBS is the nation’s largest classroom. It guarantees equal access to the wonderfulness that PBS has provided for almost 50 years in this country. And to callously, blatantly, say that it’s on the agenda to cut, is just — it is not okay. Because look, clearly this candidate — and I don’t believe that Mitt Romney is a bad guy — but I do believe that he believes what he said the other night. And I believe that his comment about the 47% is actually what he believes.

He also tweeted out this image of him “schooling” Romney. Because clearly, Mitt just doesn’t care about The Children and could do with a little re-education:

Most of Burton’s fans were thrilled that he’s taken such a vocal stand against Romney and Big-Bird-o-phobes:

https://twitter.com/KarenLynnTruebi/status/254264112987656192

Uh, Bill Maher? Rachel Maddow? Is that you?

Not everyone saw a pot of gold at the end of Burton’s rainbow, however:

https://twitter.com/FredNOLA/status/254046708751806465

https://twitter.com/stackiii/status/254280753981046785

Kids won’t have to worry about living without PBS. As CEO Paula Kerger herself said, federal funding or not, PBS and Big Bird will be just fine.

https://twitter.com/SMCulley/status/254062118788276224

Exactly.

Some thought Burton could use a bit of help with his priorities:

https://twitter.com/STM8TR/status/254217040011874304

This clever Twitterer pointed out that Burton has options if he truly wants to walk the pro-PBS walk:

Bingo. If Burton values PBS as much as he professes, he is free to put his money where his mouth is:

Together, as a PBS supporter, we can offer trusted news and premier children’s programming today, tomorrow and in the future. Visit https://www.pbs.org/donate to make a tax-deductible gift today.

It’s time for Geordi LaForge to take off his visor and take a good look at his wallet — and reality.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Yeah, LeVar! GET A GRIP!

  • Danny Wheeler

    Yeah, LeVar! GET A GRIP!

  • lillymckim

    From Hollowwoods “I’m so rich I think I should pay more in taxes” elites I say put your money where your mouth is Obama calls it “economic patriotism” so dig deep and Pay for Big Bird yourself!

  • lillymckim

    From Hollowwoods “I’m so rich I think I should pay more in taxes” elites I say put your money where your mouth is Obama calls it “economic patriotism” so dig deep and Pay for Big Bird yourself!

  • RIChris

    This is 2012, someone should ask Burton why there are still children from ‘disenfranchised backgrounds’ and what the hell is he and his president going to do about it besides leaving it to Big Bird to handle.

  • RIChris

    This is 2012, someone should ask Burton why there are still children from ‘disenfranchised backgrounds’ and what the hell is he and his president going to do about it besides leaving it to Big Bird to handle.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Oh, THAT LeVar Burton. I was so very proud of the whole Star Trek schtick when they were able to move on from the stereotype of the brilliant but borderline-alcoholic Scottish engineer to the stereotype of the extraordinarily talented blind black man.

    /Really, weren’t you always half-expecting him to suddenly bust out singing “My Cherie Amour”?

    • 5n4k33y35

      Hilarious.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Oh, THAT LeVar Burton. I was so very proud of the whole Star Trek schtick when they were able to move on from the stereotype of the brilliant but borderline-alcoholic Scottish engineer to the stereotype of the extraordinarily talented blind black man.

    /Really, weren’t you always half-expecting him to suddenly bust out singing “My Cherie Amour”?

  • RosiesSeeingRed

    Hey LaVar! Big Bird (and friends) are one-percenters! Haven’t you heard?
    http://www.examiner.com/article/big-bird-s-a-one-percenter-inside-sesame-street-s-tax-return

    $122 million last year, dished out by parents who probably couldn’t afford to buy those stuffed animals and toys but whose kids have been brainwashed into wanting them.

  • RosiesSeeingRed

    Hey LaVar! Big Bird (and friends) are one-percenters! Haven’t you heard?
    http://www.examiner.com/article/big-bird-s-a-one-percenter-inside-sesame-street-s-tax-return

    $122 million last year, dished out by parents who probably couldn’t afford to buy those stuffed animals and toys but whose kids have been brainwashed into wanting them.

  • grais

    Who can convince Mr. Burton that Mitt is not going to sacrifice any ‘beloved’ PBS programs? Mitt never said anything remotely like that.
    How does this guy remain so completely ignorant about the giant corporation that employs him?
    How is it that so many people are so unaware of the big, wide world around them and how it works?

    • Iacobus

      Because, for liberals, it’s just easier to demonize people with imaginary and baseless allegations. It’s all they have to go on.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Liberalism is a disease of the mind.

  • grais

    Who can convince Mr. Burton that Mitt is not going to sacrifice any ‘beloved’ PBS programs? Mitt never said anything remotely like that.
    How does this guy remain so completely ignorant about the giant corporation that employs him?
    How is it that so many people are so unaware of the big, wide world around them and how it works?

  • Owen007

    You’d think a franchise that makes millions on merchandise would be able to cover its own bills. Oh wait, they can. Hey now, isn’t that interesting? “Protest the greedy fat cats on Wall Street for not paying their fair share! But, uh, let Big Bird and Elmo keep taking government money they don’t need.”

    And of course, let’s not forget that this attack was brought to us by a man who owes his fame and personal wealth to an even more successful franchise. Maybe Burton is just upset that “Sesame Street” has gotten to stay in production, and he’s been reduced to a mere iPad app.

    • grais

      Brett Baier: Sesame Street worth $400 million.
      They don’t need $.01 of federal tax dollars.

    • RossPoldark

      So True. I think there should be a full investigation as to where all the government funding is going. Oh wait a minute that would have to be the DOJ and that investigation would be a waste of time. Kinda like asking the fox to take care of the hen house. We need to get all these crooks out of the white house, including Obamas CZARS etc.

  • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

    So the small subsidy for PBS needs to be cut, but the 10 billion dollar a year subsidy for oil companies needs to be continued. Got it.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Well at least you can say for the oil companies that they put out a valuable and useful product, which is about a hundred percent more than we ever got out of Solyndra and the dozen other “green” boondoggles.

      But nice try, trying to change the subject. Try to keep on topic next time ’round, mmmkay?

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        I know what you mean. I have a real hard time deciding if I’d rather have oil companies doing well, employing many Americans, supporting hundreds of parts and services suppliers and providing a necessary product….OR

        A semi-government entity that makes tons of cash on the open market, yet begs people to send them cash for tote bags, has a TV show to encourage reading (seriously??) and a puppet show that has apparently had little to no positive effect on education in our country when looking at how well our schools have fared since the advent of PBS.

        Tough choice.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Mikey doesn’t care, he just wants to whine and cry here on Twitchy. Too bad there’s not a “mute” or “block” option here for whiney and non-factual Liberals.

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        Spin, is all the liberals know.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Well at least you can say for the oil companies that they put out a valuable and useful product, which is about a hundred percent more than we ever got out of Solyndra and the dozen other “green” boondoggles.

      But nice try, trying to change the subject. Try to keep on topic next time ’round, mmmkay?

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Yeah who needs a car anyway since the majority of us don’t drive toy cars?

      Anything else you wanna whine about, Mikey?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Only if you define a tax break that all businesses enjoy as a “subsidy” would I be able to view you as anything less than a partisan hack. Dollar for dollar, alternative energy recieves far more. Why not mention them first?

    • TocksNedlog

      That’s ironic, since you don’t seem to “got it” at all.

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      You are an ass. Got it.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    Too bad.
    I had mistakenly credited him w/IQ>7.

    Well, he’s a good parrot, anyway.

  • Jedd McHead

    An attack on children? Saysme St. makes nearly $200 million a year on merchandising, branding, etc. — maybe they can contribute to some of that to get some grief counselors for these poor kids.

    Btw, Levar? Get a clue, you putz.

  • Andrew

    Disappointing to see such a partisan attack from someone I had respected in the past.

    • orringtonmom (D)

      i know, right?

    • elijahzabmom

      I have such great memories of Reading Rainbow. Oh well, guess that’s how some feel about Clint Eastwood? Sesame street does not need the charity.

  • Joseph Phillips

    Whiner.

  • Postbackxp

    I would of thought LeVar would go for the double punch black children.
    That way you can get racist thrown in heck add poor the triple punch.
    The attacks never end.

  • weRbroke

    Can someone Tweet that putz and ask him how much more $$$ does Sesame Workshop need to hold before they can pay their own way. Is over $400 million in assets and $133 million or so in revenues enough? why not?

  • bullamakanka

    How much does Sesame Street pull in from merchandising? Toys, games, music, clothing, you name it, it’s got Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, etc., on it. We’re talking billions … not bad for a non-profit! They are more than capable of paying their own bills, especially considering only 8% of the Sesame Street budget is federally funded.

  • Love of Country

    Who cares what that crackhead thinks? He’s rooting for the Party that has been obsessed with keeping black people under their thumb for the last 200 years and counting …. can you say Stockholm Syndrome Stooge?

  • Love of Country

    Who cares what that crackhead thinks? He’s rooting for the Party that has been obsessed with keeping black people under their thumb for the last 200 years and counting …. can you say Stockholm Syndrome Stooge?

  • Jack Deth

    Poor Geordi:

    Blissfully unaware that Big Bird is the front for a political voting block and often, slush fund for the DNC.

    A tax funded organization that easily and consistently slides into the Forbes range of business(es). Shouldn’t be hard to eradicate from funded status with a Republican House, Senate and White House.

  • ZoriahShepard

    I don’t think my eyes roll up far enough in my skull to rightly express my incredulity and disdain for Geordi’s reaction.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      I always thought Geordi was cool and now I’m not so sure.

  • Rob M

    i know he means well & is only looking out for children & educating them and i respect that BUT at some point we need to stop spending where we dont need to. nick airs commercials on their kids programming, why cant pbs? at some point they have to stop thinking about themselves & think on a grander scale for whats best for all of the country. besides its not like the educational system is furthering what big bird & the like started on the education path

    • elijahzabmom

      There is sprout tv with no ads, also a baby channel.

  • Right Wired

    Geordi’s been standing next to the warp core for FAR too long. It’s addled his brain.

    Hey look at that! I know what ‘addled” means, and I never once watched Reading Rainbow. My babysitter wasn’t PBS, it was my family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    again, i’m amazed that the segment of the american population (counted among the wealthiest in the nation) will not come forward and use their own money to say “we’ll make sure the kids don’t lose these programs.” they could sacrifice some of their garbage movies and steer the money saved towards keeping it afloat.

  • MyGirlFriday

    Throw the damn televison away! Give the kid/s a book. And exactly why is this Levar Burton’s opinion of any importance? Another Holywood nobody tweeting for attention. Give him the big bird (middle finger) and kick him too to the curb.

    • Helena Starke

      I agree with you , a lot of kids don’t know what it is to read a book today and their spelling is atrocious maybe if they stopped watching Big Bird they would learn the more fundamental things in life.

    • orringtonmom (D)

      it was a tv show about reading… a tv show… a TV SHOW! about reading. maybe if we can get all the kids to watch the P90X commercials they won’t be fat…

  • rbc

    Sesame Street is worth $400 million, yet it needs a government subsidy. But I thought rich people didn’t need help according to Obama.

    • BeeKaaay

      Cronies always need more government money. That’s Obamanomics.

  • BeeKaaay

    Please beam up Levar Burton. His leftwingwackoism here is disgusting.

  • orringtonmom (D)

    could someone enlighten me? when did mitt romney say he wanted big bird dead or that pbs should be outlawed?? he didn’t.

    i’m the same age as big bird. my parents cut off my allowance many years ago. i never took it to mean that wished me dead.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      In Liberaland it’s code for they want you dead.

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    @SooperMexican
    “Washed up #pendejo @levarburton thinks Big Bird can’t survive without federal subsidies… they don’t have economy classes in 23rd century.”
    — Don’t you mean the 24th century, el SOOPer? Obviously you never watched “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. 😛

    Anyway, I’m sure enough Liberals will pull their lunch money together to keep the Liberal PBS afloat, so all those Liberals freaking out can calm down and chillax, including Burton who needs to be schooled BADLY. The 47% remark, again, was about people who don’t pay income taxes. I am getting tired of educating people on that remark.

    @LadyofStyx
    “@levarburton I really don’t think Mitt watched PBS as a kid. If he did, he’d be able to tell the truth and do basic math.”
    — You made a typo, let me correct it for you: “@levarburton I really don’t think Barack watched PBS as a kid. If he did, he’d be able to tell the truth and do basic math.”
    Now that your tweet has been made factual, you are correct since Barack was in another country as a child, cannot tell the truth, nor can he do basic math.

    Always happy to help!

  • Brandon

    I suggest he takes his own advice and opens a book

  • Helena Starke

    Big Bird and company will be just fine with their billions of dollars. Let them pay for their own programming.

  • TocksNedlog

    This is the exact same bullshit argument that libs make about Planned Parenthood. And so, why is it not acceptable for them to subsist exclusively on private donations? Why, because then us evil conservatives wouldn’t be doing our fair share!

  • http://twitter.com/JH101960 Wulfheard

    Big bird and the entire crap load of the Muppets are worth billions they subsidise they own asses. Burton needs to go back to the Enterprise where he can live out his fantasies and leave the real word to be run by the adults.

  • TocksNedlog

    Burton stokes up a fear that if funding is cut the popular shows will immediately disappear from the airwaves, and his followers blindly believe it. What’s his next tweet gonna say, that “THEY want to put you back in chains”?

  • The Third Archon

    Oh, the host of Reading Rainbow isn’t voting Romney? Well that settles it–Obama has to be reelected. Reading Rainbow is awesome–if Levar doesn’t like Romney, he MUST be an awful person.

  • http://twitter.com/KariOBrien12 Kari OBrien

    Hey Bird Bird, Rush L, Mark Levin and Donald Trump have offered to buy your rights and flourish in the private sector! I think you will be safe!

  • dave lewis

    Why does PBS need so many episodes? The thing has been on the air for 43 years with 4,326 episodes. 100 episodes a year? That’s soap opera territory. Popular night time shows hope they can make a 100 over their lifetime for syndication.

    Why even bother making new ones? A kid has never seen these shows. You could pull one out from 1970 and they’d never know the difference. The #s 1 to 10 are still the same 1 to 10 they were 43 years ago. A to Z is still A to Z. By the time a group of kids outgrows the show, a new crop of kids start watching and they could be watching the same episodes.

  • disqus_BktOMwqkBg

    LeVar, the noise that distracted President Obama during the debate…Shaka, when the walls fell.

  • rivers

    Actually, Levar, you’re kind of a jackass. Why does an operation that is bringing in dough from Tickle me Elmo need govt. funding? Oh, and full disclosure, never liked Big Bird and the show lost all it’s appeal for me when Mr. Hooper died. My kids have barely heard of it – and yet, they can read!!!

  • Hello Jerry (D)

    If this douche is so concerned, why don’t he gather up his other 1% Obamabot buddies and fork over the moolah to save PBS? Typical liberal, all talk, no walk.

  • RossPoldark

    Why do the hollywood liberals not fund some of these programs with their money. I also agree with another poster here that said that based on all the marketing, sales of Sesame Street Products that they cant fund themselves. Enough of these entitlements!!!