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Big Bird Responds To Debate Shout-Out On SNL

Submitted by on October 8, 2012 – 9:09 amNo Comment

One of the most memorable moments on last Thursday’s debate was when Gov. Mitt Romney said he would cut all spending for PBS, adding that it wasn’t personal, because he likes Big Bird. Big Bird immediately became a trending term on Twitter, and the beloved, sleepy-eyed Sesame Street icon became an overnight political flashpoint.

Liberals took up defense of the giant talking canary, using him to highlight what they saw as an unfeeling and unreasonable stance of Gov. Romney’s. Meanwhile, conservative commentators continued to bash funding to PBS and NPR; Bill O’Reilly made it a major point during his debate with Jon Stewart (Stewart countered that the $130,000,000 PBS budget is not only a great investment, but is minuscule compared to the $16 trillion debt O’Reilly cited, and the $8 billion spent on the Iraq War).

But instead of letting the talking heads duke it out, Big Bird decided to let the public hear the truth straight from the… er, horses mouth, appearing as a special guest on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update.

In true fashion, Big Bird was above it all. Childlike and bemused, he was happy to talk about all the recent attention and make a few puns, without taking any political shots (no matter how well-deserved they might have been).

Oddly, Big Bird made no mention of the third-party presidential candidate with close ties to the Jim Henson Company.

What did you think of Big Bird’s appearance?

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