'Million Muppet March' Will Support PBS Funding
Demonstration planned for Nov. 3 in DC
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff | Suggested by Guvner
Posted Oct 13, 2012 3:57 PM CDT
A person dressed up as Big Bird holds a sign against Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney outside the Romney headquarters, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 in Derry, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – PBS supporters are planning a "Million Muppet March" at Washington DC's National Mall on Nov. 3 to defend government funding for the network, Reuters reports. Organizers aren't sure yet how many will actually attend, but "it does seem like we might get close to the biggest ever assemblage of puppets in one place, and probably the most ever puppets marching on Washington," says one. The title, which was dreamed up by two men separately after Mitt Romney's comments about PBS and Big Bird at the first presidential debate, is a play off 1995's "Million Man March" for civil rights, also held at the National Mall.

Los Angeles animation executive Michael Bellavia, 43, bought www.millionmuppetmarch.com while watching the debate, then later discovered that Idaho university student Chris Mecham, 46, had launched a Facebook page with the same name. Shortly after the debate ended, they were already on the phone planning the protest. "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," Mecham says. "While he was still talking I was thinking of ways I could express my frustration at that argument."

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Oct 15, 2012 9:51 AM CDT
War after war, 25 million out of work, millions of mortgages defaulted, car company and bank bailouts,europes nations crumbling I think we should do better with our time here on earth than fight for PBS
Oct 14, 2012 8:23 PM CDT
These people should be marching in protest of the wars were involved in & the war we are about to enter (Syria) I think Big Bird can take a backseat for a little while. People have weird priorities. Panetta announces troops to Jordan & nothin, not a peep. But even hinting that he (Romney) doesn't THINK the Gov't should fund PBS & Big Bird & it's a march on Washington. I just don't understand people's priorities.
Oct 14, 2012 1:09 PM CDT
I grew up on PBS. Yes, I watched Sesame Street and Where In The World Is Carmen Sandeago. I am an adult now and I still watch PBS, but not for the children's programming. It seems like they're making Big Bird the new Joe the Plumber. There is more at stake here, potentially, than Elmo being out of a job. In all seriousness, though. The GOP has been trying to pull the plug on PBS since I was in 6th grade. I'm now 32. They haven't had much success so far.