“Million Muppet March” Planned For November 3rd In Washington D.C.
When Mitt Romney said that he would cut federal funding for TV network PBS despite his “love for Big Bird” and Jim Lehrer. In response, President Obama’s campaign released a television ad campaign poking fun of Mitt Romney’s Big Bird comment, but Sesame Street told him to take it down.
Now a Los Angeles animation executive and an Idaho student are planning a “Million Muppet March” event for November 3rd at the National Mall in Washington D.C. three days before the election. Animax’s Michael Bellavia and student Chris Mecham came up with the idea for the March during the October 3rd debate.
When Bellavia bought the Internet address MillionMuppetMarch.com, he discovered that Mecham already had the Facebook Page. The two of them connected before the debate was over and started planning. Both men are fans of Sesame Street, a show that received $445 million in federal budget outlays in 2012. Mecham lives in rural Idaho and he said that public broadcasting is important in populated areas that receive no other signals over the air.
The two men acknowledged that they may not actually get one million people to march over Muppets, 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,” stated Bellavia.