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Million Puppet March

Puppets Invade DC ...

Don't Cut Our Strings!!!

11/4/2012 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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DON'T MESS WITH PUPPETS ... was the battle cry at the Million Puppet March, where a thousand furry creatures got fisted and stormed Capitol Hill yesterday -- all to save PBS from government annihilation.

The event was organized after Mitt Romney infamously put Big Bird, "Sesame Street" and PBS on the chopping block in the first presidential debate ... claiming it wasn't worth the dough.

Adam Jones -- a puppet master who co-created a puppet show called "STUFT" -- spoke at the event and told TMZ, "The politicians don't understand how BIG an effect 'Sesame Street' and PBS has on the world. It inspires kids in 150 countries ... and destroying it would be devastating. Something had to be done."

Jones says the timing of the march -- mere days before Romney and Obama square off -- was crucial, saying, "Even though the puppets can't vote (yet) -- they might just sway the election."

Probably not. Unless they're from Ohio.

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Susan62509    

The government contributes 1% to PBS for Sesame Street.

679 days ago
17.

rich    

Sesame Street - they're never outa the headlines. See more at www.sesamestreetcharacters.com

679 days ago
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Michelle     

People are so stupid. He didn't say to cut the funding entirely, just that government shouldn't be footing the bill. There are enough people in the world who support public television, why should my taxes supplement the effort?!?!?!?

679 days ago
19.

tick    

Um, FYI..... Sesame St will be just fine without the measly money our gov't gives to PBS media. Scare tactics at their worst.

Keep our Gov't small, don't let them support news/media organizations!!!

679 days ago
20.

Jason    

The creators of Sesame Street already told the Obama campaign the did not want to be used during this election and remain neutral on the issue of PBS funding. The protestors had no affiliation with Sesame Street or it's creators, producers, etc.

679 days ago
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Laina Casey    

PBS is so much more than just puppets & Sesame Street, they provide a variety of programing educational, world news, to communities where some don't have as much they don't get or can't afford cable T.V. What I don't understand is why Romney proposes to slash PBS but never mention cutting spending on Big Oil subsidies and what the U.S. has been spending on two wars. That is where government spending is hemorrhaging out of control. I was at the march and it was one of the most fun & creative demonstrations I've attended.
here's a youtube video showing how many people were there.
http://youtu.be/WdKui7MSfII

679 days ago
22.

dtcody    

Wow, a million puppets, that must have been a sight to see! Jeff Dunham with his puppets there? He might want some government money.

679 days ago
23.

c    

Just another example of how out-of-touch Romney is with anyone who’s not a millionaire. Somehow he just assumes that because he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth that everyone must have been. He can’t even comprehend that some families don’t have the money to buy their kids entertainment and PBS provides something they wouldn’t already have. Just something else to prove if he is elected the only thing he’ll do is make sure the rich get richer and everyone else has to pay for it.

679 days ago
24.

Kate    

This is the dumbest thing ever. A) Even if funding is cut, PBS is never going to shut down their biggest cash cow. They make millions from Sesame Street merchandise. Any trimming they had to do in programming would be elsewhere. B) The funding from the government makes up a fairly small portion of their budget. C) We have $16T in debt. We can't tax our way out of this, spending cuts have to be made. If the govt won't cut PBS subsidies, for crying out loud, what the heck will they cut? If I have to choose between providing our military with the things it needs to defend us and Big Bird, the bird is OUTTA HERE.

679 days ago
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