Muppets are mad as hel — , er, heck and they aren’t going to take it anymore. Okay, so maybe that picture of a warm and joyous Elmo wasn’t the best one to pick for this story. Nevertheless, the Muppets and puppets and all their furry and fervent supporters are taking a stand against GOP candidate Mitt Romney‘s proposed plan to cut the U.S. federal government’s subsidy for the PBS, home of the beloved Sesame Street and other children’s programming. The movement, dubbed the Million Muppet March, is set to take place at the National Mall in Washington D.C. on November 3.
On the MMM’s Facebook page, which already has over 14,000 likes as of Saturday, October 13, it declares that they are for “Muppets and Muppet Sympathizers committed to keeping full employment for all Muppets through support of public funding for public broadcasting.”
In reality, the movement was started by Michael Bellavia, an animation executive from Los Angeles, and Chris Mecham, a political science student at Boise State University,” who both, according to Reuters, “separately came up with the Million Muppet March idea in response [to Romney's pledge to end funding during the Presidential debate].”
After Bellavia started the official website and Mecham began the Facebook campaign, the two joined forces and got the wheels in motion for the march. “Romney was using Muppets as a rhetorical device to talk about getting rid of public broadcasting, which is really so much bigger than Sesame Street,” Micham told Reuters, regarding Romney’s statements which have, for better or worse, all but taken the media by storm.
Still, will this be just about the cutest political protest ever? Probably. (The MMM website even provides a tutorial on how to make your own puppet to the pre-Election Day march). As Bellavia put it, “It does seem like we might get close to the biggest ever assemblage of puppets in one place,” he said, “and probably the most ever puppets marching on Washington.”
It will be interesting to see if Sesame Workshop will support this movement, as President Barack Obama‘s pro-Muppet, anti-Romney campaign ad wasn’t exactly welcome on Sesame Street. After the commercial was aired, they released a statement on their website which read, “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.”
[Photo credit: Sesame Street Workshop]