This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 21 °C Friday 23 August, 2019

Internet rallies to defence of Big Bird but Romney insists he loves him

The Sesame Street character’s future came under threat during the US presidential debate last night and the internet sure wasn’t happy about it…

FOR SOME THE most important development in last night’s US presidential debate was not the game-changing performance of Mitt Romney but his apparent threat to the future of Big Bird.

Yes the Sesame Street character came under fire last night from the Republican nominee who wants to cut the subsidy to the American public service broadcaster PBS.


I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird.

Stop other things? Does this mean the Cookie Monster is under threat too? What about Elmo?

Well one thing is for certain, though Romney professed his love for Big Bird that didn’t stop the internet exploding with anger at the threat the giant yellow bird may face if the Romney administration cuts the subsidy which no doubt keeps him in, er, bird feed.

Here’s what Twitter said:

Internet rallies to defence of Big Bird but Romney insists he loves him
1 / 6
  • Big Bird 1

  • Big Bird 2

  • Big Bird 3

  • Big Bird 4

  • Big Bird 5

  • Big Bird 6

The Bird himself was not happy and quickly joined Twitter to express anger at the threat he now faces.

Within minutes of Romney’s remarks, @FiredBigBird had gained thousands of followers and was letting the world know how he felt:

Mitt Romney will end Burt and Ernie’s right to a civil union.

This whole election just got real.

For Obama the next debate’s main line of attack is clear: Save Big Bird.

Read: Observers give Romney the victory in first US presidential debate

VIDEO: Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney in the first US presidential debate

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Hugh O'Connell

Read next: