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'Million Muppet March' Planned for Washington, D.C., in Support of PBS Reuters

A puppet-based protest has been scheduled for Nov. 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in support of PBS, Reuters reports. The event follows comments by Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney that he would like to cut funding for PBS despite his affection for Big Bird.

The demonstration is set for three days before the general election. The organizers are two men who had never previously met each other: Michael Bellavia, 43, an animation executive from Los Angeles, and Chris Mecham, 46, a university student in Idaho, the piece notes.

The Internet address www.millionmuppetmarch.com was bought by Bellavia, who discovered Mecham had already created a Facebook page of the same name. They soon were on the phone and planning the march, the story says.

"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 said. "While he was still talking I was thinking of ways I could express my frustration at that argument. Before the debates were over I had put up the Million Muppet March Facebook page."