“Sesame Street” staple Big Bird has been around since 1969, so we’ll guess the first Democrat politician to cry about Republicans trying to kill him did so sometime around 1970. Despite all evidence suggesting that Big Bird truly is immortal, there’s a popular myth that the 8-foot puppet will die if any federal funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is cut.
Back in 2012, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was followed everywhere on the campaign trail by one protester or another in a knock-off Big Bird getup, and now that the Trump administration has unveiled a budget that would entirely eliminate federal funding for the CPB, Big Bird is once again taking point as the face of NPR and PBS. Here we go again.
— POLITICO (@politico) March 16, 2017
@politico Yes he can. Now take a deep breath and calm down
— TheDeplorableBorg (@Yes_Number_One) March 16, 2017
@politico Isn't he on HBO?
— Chris Hynes (@realchrishynes) March 16, 2017
The short answer? Yes, Big Bird will survive Trump. He would have anyway, but inking a deal with HBO in 2015 sure didn’t leave any residents of Sesame Street hurting for food.
— BamaGirl54 (@kjwebb54) March 16, 2017
Big Bird is now capitalist and lives on HBO. @politico
— AW (@ArtbyAWOHS) March 16, 2017
@politico Oh, shut up. Big Bird is big business and certainly doesn't need our tax dollars.
— Tom Gregg (@TomG_380) March 16, 2017
@politico of course. It will survive the same way everything else does that's privately funded.
— Robert Watson (@RobertW51385280) March 16, 2017
— GREAT WHITE NORTH (@Crazy_CanuckCan) March 16, 2017
@politico the better question is – why should hard working people have to pay to support leftist hateful propaganda on NPR and PBS and NEA?
— Pami Q (@Duckypam) March 16, 2017
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Big Bird, NPR receive $445 million; Military death gratuity slashed in shutdown http://t.co/rbDEOUOkAQ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 9, 2013