‘Million Muppet March’ Planned for Washington, D.C., in Support of PBS

October 15, 2012  •  Post A Comment

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."

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  1. You know, if everyone who is so upset by this would make a donation to PBS, they wouldn’t NEED government funding and would be able to produce even better programming! (And yes, I do contribute)

  2. Excellent point TV person. Unfortunately many who watch cannot afford even cable. Just think, if the billionaires who are funding this election on both sides contributed half of what they spent so far, PBS could be funded forever. And they would get a better society as a result. You can’t say the same for either presidential pick.

  3. How about we do a write- in ballot – here is my platform: VOTE NOW!
    BIG BIRD – PRESIDENT
    ELMO – VICE PRESIDENT
    COOKIE MONSTER – SECRETARY OF STATE
    OSCAR THE GROUCH – SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
    ZOE – FIRST LADY

  4. My question, “Is PBS something that we need to borrow money from China to fund?” The Nieman Journalism Lab says most public radio stations receive only 10 percent of their funding from federal money. If it is worthwhile saving, and I am sure that it is, the private sector will take up the slack (and I do donate).

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