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Big Bird Blasts Obama

TAKE ME OUT OF

YOUR ATTACK AD!

10/9/2012 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This article is brought to you by the letter P ... as in Sesame Street is PISSED that Barack Obama used Big Bird in an anti-Romney attack ad without permission!

In case you haven't seen it ... Team Obama released the ad following the debate, in which they mock Mitt Romney's vow to cut off government funding to PBS. The ad portrays Big Bird as an enemy of America who towered over criminals like Bernie Madoff and Ken Lay.

But Big Bird isn't laughing ... and neither is Ernie, Bert, Oscar or Elmo (and that dude laughs at EVERYTHING) ... claiming Team Obama never asked for permission before using the Sesame Street character.

In fact, Sesame Workshop released a statement saying, "We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down."

SW also explains, "Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns."

Obama's camp says they have heard Sesame Street's complaints and will be reviewing SS's concerns.

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61.

thegreatamericandesertreturns    

Only the netwookies are hyping mitt all dressed up and no place to go but back to the salt mines

683 days ago
62.

Josie Wails    

MR. PRESIDENT YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN CAR AND YOUR OWN HOUSE BUT YOU CANNOT HAVE YOUR OWN FACTS AND FRANKLY AFTER 25 YEARS IN SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT.
POTUS APPROACHED THE DEBATE LIKE HE HAS APPROACHED THE PRESIDENCY UNPREPARED IN OVER HIS HEAD AND RELYING ON BRO HANDSHAKES AND STYLISH ICON FASHIONABLE HIP STATUS SEEKING PARASITES TO PROP UP HIS VAPID AND VACUOUS AGENDA. CAN SOME PLEASE VET AXELROD, WHAT A FARSE !!

683 days ago
63.

andre`    

Romney is stupid for wanting to cut SS. The day when the racist, lying, stupid, frauds Romney, Paul and the entire GOP fall on the face, the better this country will be.

683 days ago
64.

Ben    

"Obama's camp says they have heard Sesame Street's complaints and will be reviewing SS's concerns. "
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Concerns? Wha they said is GET it OFF the air. You have nothing to review. Cease and Stop.

683 days ago
65.

kitnplayn    

Maybe you should direct you anger toward the person who raised Big Bird into the political arena, Mitt Romney, and not on Obama for attacking that which Mitt Romney brought into the political arena.

683 days ago
66.

Arcadia Rink    

Did Sesame Workshop give SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE permission to use BIG BIRD in the political skit they did? Watch!

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/update-big-bird/1419930

683 days ago
67.

Gigi    

People are crazy if they think that the Sesame Workshop isn't loving this ad. Of course they are going to come out and ask for it to be taken down. They have to look like they don't have any political interests one way or the other. But trust me, they are ALL for this ad and any other one that comes out in support of their funding.

683 days ago
68.

dyls_E    

Doesn't sound like they are pissed, they seem to just be standing by their code to not get involved. And taking appropriate action to stand by that code

683 days ago
69.

Liz    

Obama campaign did similar things in 2008 - a spokesman would make a rude statement or they put out an ad that was wrong, then they'd withdraw it after the damage was already done. They're not stupid - they knew EXACTLY what they were doing when they used Big Bird without permission.

683 days ago
70.

Maija    

Why am I not surprised? The last election there were so many stars upset because McCain was using their music without permission. Now we have a president who thinks he is invincible and beyond any rules and decorum. The ACLU has also said he is using them in his campaign without permission..will they stop using the images of Big Bird? The fact that they said they will look into it says, probably not because they don't care about anyone or anything but themselves.

683 days ago
71.

tehheh    

And the people at Sesame Street weren't upset about the Romney taking Bog Bird's name in vain in his campaign speeches?

683 days ago
72.

lalet    

What a joke... Romney doesn't view PBS as an enemy...the enemy is borrowing money from china for everything and burring our country in debt.

683 days ago
73.

kooja23    

Obama and his campaign are in a free fall. They are desperate and its hurting him, badly.

683 days ago
74.

Sonofavet    

It is despicable the depths the Obama Campaign will fall to just to get retribution for The Big Beautiful Yellow BIRD'S ONE MOMENT OF CLARITY AND CLEAR THINKING!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltDePH9fptc&feature=related

683 days ago
75.

Sandy    

Obama is clutching on to anything he can. Everything was taking out of context as usual.. am glad Big Bird wants out..> Children should be left alone.. it won't be long before they have to grow up and see what mess this world is in.

683 days ago
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